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Kiss, Nirvana and more headed to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
 

By GARY GRAFF
21st Century Media/Digital Media First, @GraffonMu

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be able to rock and roll all nite -- and smell like teen spirit -- in 2014.

Kiss and Nirvana lead the roster for the next Rock Hall class, which will be inducted on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Nirvana was on the ballot for the first time this year, while the absence of Kiss, a perennial Detroit favorite, has been long lamented by fans.

The two will be joined by Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Cat Stevens in the Performers category. The E Street Band, which many felt should have been inducted with Springsteen in 1999, will receive the Award for Music Excellence, while Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham will be presented with Ahmet Ertegun Awards or non-performers.

Other nominees this year included Deep Purple, Yes, the Meters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, the Zombies, the Replacements and rap acts LL Cool J and N.W.A.

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley says that he doesn't regret the group's heated comments about the Rock Hall over the years but feels this year's selection indicates, "a changing of the guard and a different point of view" in the institution. "The came criteria that kept us out has now gotten us in, and that's terrific," Stanley explains. "It's great to know what we didn't change or apologize for who we are, and we're being inducted for what made us what we are. For whatever got us bent out of shape before, it's clearly not the case now. Certainly from the fact that fans get to vote to the fact that some of the past inductees are vehement and rabid Kiss fans, things have worked out just fine.

"My issues over the years didn't change; what changed was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So it's a victory for everybody. It's very, very gratifying, and I don't take it lightly. There are a lot of people today who are very happy that Kiss will be inducted, and I'm certainly one of them."

In a statement, Nirvana's Dave Grohl noted that, "For once I'm speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to...the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Bandmate Krist Novoselic called the news "a great honor" and in particular thanked Nirvana`s late frontman Kurt Cobain "most of all."

John Oates says he and Hall -- whose vocal supporters included syndicated TV host Rachael Ray -- are looking forward to the ceremony, which will be filmed by HBO for broadcast in May. "I will be there with bells on. I'm dusting off my suit, man," he says. "I'm really going to enjoy it and I think it's a great class, so to speak. I think the artists are really cool and I'm honored to be in this particular class and with all the other prior inductees."

The 2014 ceremony will be the Rock Hall's first in Brooklyn after previous inductions were held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and also the first in the New York area to be open to the public. Tickets will go on sale to the public in January, with a pre-sale for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum starting at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. Details are available at www.rockhall.com. Additionally, the museum in Cleveland will be opening a special exhibit dedicated to the 2014 inductees early in the new year.

Web Site: www.rockhall.com

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