Kiss, Nirvana and four other bands getting inducted tonight into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Even if you don't have a ticket for Barclays, have a taste of these six acts in their prime
Thu Apr 10 2014
Photograph: Bill Whitmire
Say what you will about the significance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (marketing tool, Jann Wenner–ruled boys' club, etc.), but tonight's crop of inductees deserves all the props we can muster. Cat Stevens, master of '70s-era folk lullabies, gets the nod, as does sultry soul singer Linda Ronstadt. Meanwhile, Hall & Oates—masters of songcraft and bar mitzvah requests—will recouple at tonight's show at Barclays Center, while former Genesis frontman (and costumed flower) Peter Gabriel enjoys his second invitation, this time as a solo artist of unusual innovation and political significance. And expect the crowd to rise to salute the spirit of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, welcomed into the ranks of inductees on their first go-round.
But surely the audience will shout loudest for the induction of Kiss, reversing 15 years of a perceived snub against them. The case for or against Kiss—Clowns? Craftsmen? Discuss!—will rage long after their speeches are done. But there's no denying their massive influence as a concept (Gene Simmons calls them "a brand, not a band"). Last time Time Out checked in with the group's live act, in 2009, our reporter was amused at Kiss's wholesome appeal: families, kids, no smuttiness. By this point, they're an American pageant, one that conceivably could go on forever, provided they don't run out of face paint or new members willing to dress up. Here's a scene from the band's (immortally awful but endearing) foray into TV movies, 1978's Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.
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