KISS and Nirvana are set to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, and Linda Ronstadt.
The 29th annual induction ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 10, and will be open to the public. The show will air on HBO in May.
Joel Peresman, the president/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, stated, “We know that engaging the fans is a huge opportunity. It gives them a chance to be a part of the ceremony, but it also adds a palpable energy to the event. Once we decided to open the ceremony to the public in New York, that had a huge impact on the decision to have it at Barclays Center.”
The 2014 honorees were chosen by more than 700 voters (artists, historians and music industry professionals) and they will also receive an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland in conjunction with the ceremony.
For a second year, the Rock Hall implemented fan voting in choosing this year’s inductees, which was available on its official site. The five artists with the highest number of votes made up a fans’ ballot, which counted as a single vote in choosing this year’s honorees.
Kiss (239,000 votes) and Nirvana (218,000) enjoyed easy victories among fans. Two artists that failed to receive induction despite swells of public support were Yes (151,000) and Deep Purple (166,000), beaten out in the overall balloting by Hall & Oates (113,000), Peter Gabriel (111,000), Linda Ronstadt (85,000) and Cat Stevens (75,000).
Peresman said, “All of the 2014 inductees introduced us to something new. They might have drawn from their predecessors or built on what came before them, but they all took something from their roots, transformed it, made it their own and brought it to the world at the right time.”
Tickets go on sale in January, with an exact date to be announced. More information will be available at www.rockhall.com.
This year’s inductees:
The former Genesis frontman brought fans hits including “Sledgehammer” and “Shock the Monkey”, also putting out his romantic song “In Your Eyes”.
Kiss are known for their heavy metal music and eye-catching attire and definitely put on a great show in concert. The band is most known for their Alive!, Love Gun and Destroyer albums.
Nirvana was an awesome grunge rock band that were huge in the 1990s with hit songs including “Lithium”, “Heart-Shaped Box”, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. The band was fronted by the late singer Kurt Cobain.
Linda Ronstadt was known for her beautiful voice in songs such as “Blue Bayou”, “Desperado”, and “You’re No Good”. She retired in 2011 from singing and announced in August 2013 that she has Parkinson’s disease, and can no longer “sing a note”.
Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name Yusuf Islam, was a very popular singer in the early 1970s, coming out with hits including “The First Cut Is The Deepest” and “Wild World”.
Hall & Oates
Hall & Oates, comprised of Daryl Hall and John Oates, scored huge hits with their catchy songs including “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”, and “You Make My Dreams”.