Rolling Stone magazine just posted the 20 Best Moments At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2014 Induction. Here are a few:
Best Rock & Roll Endorsement: Tom Morello's Speech for KISS
Some members of the Kiss Army were dubious about the choice of Tom Morello to induct the band: Unlike Kiss, he was rock-establishment-approved – hell, he's even touring with the E Street Band. But in a speech that was as impassioned as it was hilarious, Morello made a powerful and personal case for the band he worshipped as a kid. The speech hit its peak when Morello explained the band's "awesomeness": "What if you wandered into a dive-y club in your hometown and saw Kiss in all their glory, crashing the place to the ground? One guy belching fire and spraying blood past his gargantuan tongue? A guitar player so incredible, his axe billows smoke and shot rockets? A frontman flying back and forth across the joint like a superhero Tarzan? All of them, in frightening, horror-movie sexified Kabuki makeup… The place blowing up with explosions and heavy duty, liberating rock & roll? What would you say if you saw that? You'd say, 'That band's fucking awesome!'"
Best Anti-Drama: Kiss' Founding Four Members Reunite Onstage
After months of brutal back and forth between the original members of Kiss, who couldn’t get it together for a reunion performance, fans thought something crazy might happen when they took the stage together for their induction. Maybe Paul Stanley would insist on calling current Kiss musicians Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer to the stage? Or Gene Simmons would spit blood all over Ace Frehley and Peter Criss? Instead, the original foursome handled their induction with sufficient class and grace that it turned to be both moving and slightly anticlimactic. Everyone hugged each other. Everyone thanked each other – even if Criss insisted on calling his old bandmates "Mr. Stanley and Mr. Simmons." Still, it was hard not to mourn the performance that could have been, especially one dude in the audience yelled, "Play a song!"
Best Surprise KISS Fan: Stevie Nicks
While Stevie Nicks was thrilled to induct Linda Ronstadt ("She was a rock star!," she said), she was disappointed Kiss couldn't put their differences aside the way Fleetwood Mac did. "They should have played," she told us. "When we were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lindsey's a little bit like, 'OK, whatever.' But let me tell you, when we walked up there and we were inducted, we stood up there and it is a moment like no other. Then you get to go and strum on your guitar and get your microphone and sing two or three songs to that audience on your day. It is their loss that they didn't play, because the Kiss Army is out there, right now screaming for them."
Nicks continued, "And they should have played for them, no matter how they felt about it. You know, Fleetwood Mac had about 500 people in it, too. They weren't all there. All 900 guitar players didn't get inducted. They weren't there. So the thing is, you know what? It's your moment. Take it. Go out there and play. It's the most important part. I like Kiss very much, and I think that they have done amazing. They're an amazing band."
No one at the ceremony was louder or more excited than fans of Kiss, and no fan of Kiss looked better than the one above, a doctor from Marine Park who not only painted his face but painted his face in a way that incorporated elements from each band member's signature look.
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