Kiss will finally be inducted in to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014 - some fifteen years after becoming eligible. According to the rules, a band can be considered for inclusion twenty-five years after the release of their first album, which in the case of Kiss would have been back in 1999. Just like with Rush, who were inducted this year, fans have been calling for Kiss’ inclusion for years.
Rock Hall executive Joel Peresman commented on the overwhelming fan support of the band (via Classic Rock ): “The Kiss Army has descended on us in recent years, and we’ve gotten thousands of letters. They also did extremely well in the public vote.” Paul Stanley said of the honor: “For 40 years KISS has built an army that apologizes to no one and I'm honored to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame knowing we have remained true to ourselves and our fans.”
It remains to be seen if the original lineup of the band will perform together at the induction ceremony. Gene Simmons have made comments earlier in the year indicating that he is not interested in that. But who knows, there’s plenty of time for the bassist to change his mind, and maybe the mighty Kiss Army can persuade him to put his ego aside just this once.
Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens will also be inducted at the ceremony, which will be held in New York in late April.