KISS, Nirvana, Hall and Oates inducted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:32am EDT
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flamboyant rockers KISS, singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, grunge band Nirvana and chart-toppers Hall and Oates entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday but the original KISS quartet did not perform.

Also inducted were country rock star Linda Ronstadt, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and did not attend, and Cat Stevens, the British musician known as Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam and shunning the stage for decades.

The E Street Band, the group behind Bruce Springsteen, was inducted by the rocker through the Award for Musical Excellence.

Two prominent band managers - Brian Epstein for The Beatles until his death in 1967 and the Rolling Stones' Andrew Loog Oldham - rounded out the 2014 roster, each receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Awards for lifetime achievement.

The annual ceremony, to be aired May 31 on HBO, is centered on live performances but the 1970s shock-rockers KISS, known for their outrageous costumes and makeup and hits such as "Rock and Roll All Nite", stayed true to their vow not to perform.

The four inductees did not all comment on the Hall of Fame's decision to honor only the band's original line-up, leaving out current band members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

Founding member Gene Simmons said "We are humbled to stand up on this stage" after induction by guitarist Tom Morello, but did mention by name other KISS members who were not honored.

Paul Stanley, who has also been critical of the Hall's induction process, said "for our fans, this is vindication," echoing Morello's remark that "KISS was never a critics' band, KISS was a people's band."   Continued...

Wendy O'Connor (C), sister of former Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, speaks after the band Nirvana was inducted during the 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson