KISS, Nirvana, Hall and Oates among new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

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As Hall and Oates might say, KISS is on the list.

Both groups, representing opposite ends of the rock spectrum, are on their way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They will be inducted April 10 along with Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.

Nominees not making the cut were the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Deep Purple, Yes, the Replacements, Chic, LL Cool J, the Meters, N.W.A,, Link Wray and the Zombies.

Kiss, a New York hard-rock band known for its circuses of blood, smoke and pyro, has been eligible since 1999. It finds its way to Cleveland after years of fan protests and bitter complaining from bassist Gene Simmons.

“The spirit of rock and roll for me has always meant following the paths I choose regardless of what my critics or my peers think,” singer Paul Stanley said in a statement posted Tuesday on the official band website. “For 40 years KISS has built an army that apologizes to no one and I’m honored to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame knowing we have remained true to ourselves and our fans.”

This is the second induction for Peter Gabriel, who entered the Rock Hall as a member of Genesis in 2010, and now returns for a solo career marked by sonically groundbreaking albums and videos, and such classic songs as “Solsbury Hill,” “In Your Eyes” and “Sledgehammer.”

He did not attend the 2010 ceremony.

"I will definitely go," he told Rolling Stone about this induction. "The last time I got in, it was like two days before my tour started."

Nirvana, kingpins of the Northwest grunge movement of the early ’90s, receives the honor in its first year of eligibility.

Highly respected drummer Dave Grohl, now the leader of the band Foo Fighters, has been a familiar face at induction ceremonies as a presenter and backing musician. The intrigue at this ceremony will be what role Courtney Love has in accepting for her late husband and band frontman Kurt Cobain, who shocked the world in 1994 by committing suicide. A decade ago, Ms. Love, known for her work in the band Hole, was in a legal battle with Mr. Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic contending that they were mere sidemen in Nirvana.

The case was settled out of court.

Ronstadt, a soulful pop singer who debuted in 1969 and broke big in 1975 with the chart-topping hit “You’re No Good,” has been eligible since the early ‘90s. The 11-time Grammy winner retired from the music industry in 2011 after a 40-plus-year career and in August she revealed that she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Stevens, another popular ’70s artist, came out of England with such popular folk-rock albums as “Tea for the Tillerman” and “Teaser and the Firecat.” In the late ’70s, he converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam and retreated from the music business, before returning in a limited role in the ’90s.

Daryl Hall and John Oates, who debuted in 1972, had a multifaceted career, starting as a folk duo and evolving into a synth-pop act during the MTV era of the early ’80s. They’ve toured together in recent years, but haven’t released a proper studio album since 2004.

The Ahmet Ertegun Awards will go to the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

The E Street Band, which was not inducted along with Bruce Springsteen, will receive The Award for Musical Excellence.

The performer inductees were chosen by more than 700 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Fans had the opportunity to participate in the selection process online. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the 25 years after the release of their first recording.

The ceremony will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will be open to the public. Tickets will go on sale in January. A pre-sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will take place in advance of the public on-sale date.

To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum member by December 31, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Exact sale dates will be announced in January.

First Published December 17, 2013 9:32 AM

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