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Paul Stanley Slams Jann Wenner For KISS Rock Hall Snub

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With the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony now running on HBO, there’s definitely a marked difference between the haves and have-nots. Although Rush fans played a tremendous part in finally getting the band inducted into the Hall after being passed by every year since first becoming eligible in 1999 — Kiss, who also first became eligible that year, are no closer to induction than they were then.

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley took time to salute the band’s fans while taking a swipe at Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner when asked if he ever sees a day when Kiss will be inducted, telling The Huffington Post, “Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or Jann Wenner. Look, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing. You’ve got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Songwriter Hall of Fame? Absolutely.”

He went on to plead his case, saying, “It’s absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we’re not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I would certainly accept on their (the fans) behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them, but I don’t need the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

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