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Kiss + Peter Gabriel React to Rock Hall Induction

Kiss and Peter Gabriel
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When they woke up yesterday, Peter Gabriel and the members of Kiss were just plain old ordinary multimillionaire rock stars. Today? They’re some of the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Gabriel, of course, was previously inducted as a member of Genesis, but as he told Rolling Stone in a new interview, he’s even more flattered this time around because “it’s for your whole body of work and not just a specific project.”

Promising to be on hand for the ceremony next year, Gabriel admitted to some scheduling fears, saying his bass player, Tony Levin, will be on “a prog-rock cruise” when it takes place. Informed that he wouldn’t have to play, he told RS, “Generally, you can either fret about playing and worry about it all night, or you can sit back and have a glass of wine and enjoy the evening. I have to think about that, but this is just great news.” Still, he added, “I’ll probably play, though if I do ‘In Your Eyes,’ it’ll take 10 minutes and that might be all the time I have.”

Longtime Kiss leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have always been vocal about their antipathy toward the Rock Hall, but in a statement responding to the band’s induction, they proved thoroughly gracious. “To the Kiss Army, Ace, Peter, Eric Carr, Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Tommy and Eric Singer, Bill Aucoin, Doc McGhee and to my partner of 40 years, the ever youthful Paul Stanley…and all the members of the Kiss Family. This honor is for you. Forty years of rockin’ and still going strong.” (The first eight people Simmons lists are former or present members of the band, you can learn all about them on our complete guide to Kiss’ lineup changes.)

“The spirit of rock and roll for me has always meant following the paths I choose regardless of what my critics or my peers think,” added Stanley. “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.”

For Rock Hall executive Joel Peresman, the Kiss induction was simply inevitable. “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,” he noted, adding that their presence would add a unique twist to the traditional ceremony-closing jam. “Should it be ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ or a Bruce Springsteen song? What’s the best way to represent it? We don’t know yet.”

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