Kiss's Gene Simmons: 'The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is a joke'

He isn't happy about some of the inductions…

Kiss's Gene Simmons: 'The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is a joke'
Kiss's Gene Simmons has said the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is "a joke".

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the long-tongued musician told Billboard that he felt the annual ceremony had damaged its own integrity by inducting non-rock artists such as Madonna and Blondie.

Asked whether Kiss would accept an invitation to join the Hall Of Fame, he replied:

It's become a joke… We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody'. In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Madonna, Blondie and Tone Loc.


He continued: "Who the fuck knows what other disco act is in there? It's an insult to them because they don't get to be in the 'Dance Hall of Fame', because that's what they do. They're legitimate dance, disco artists. They don't belong in rock and roll."

Kiss singer Paul Stanley also weighed in with his own criticism of the Hall Of Fame, adding: "With all due respect, when you get to Patti Smith you're about two steps away from Pete Seeger."

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame hasn't been the only target of Simmons' anger recently – last week (March 21), he branded Rihanna a "fake" and said he was tired of the "bullshit" of stadium-filling pop acts.

Guns N' Roses are set to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at this year's ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14. The band's classic line-up have confirmed they will all attend the bash, but both Slash and Duff MacKagan have since confirmed that they will all be simply attending and not performing.

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