In the over the top decade of the 70’s they were among the flashiest and you could not turn around without seeing their painted faces everywhere. Opinions on whether this theatrical band should be in the Hall are very strong on both the pro and con. Their fervent supporters will point to their massive record sales, vibrant concerts and thirty years plus of longevity as vital reasons for their cause. Their detractors will point to their lack music’s lack of depth and that they were little more than a gimmick band. Fact is; both camps are right. Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons will never be confused for John Lennon & Paul McCartney or Keith Richards & Mick Jagger but to their millions of fans their music is pure escapism and their definition of what Rock music is all about. And while yes, their kabuki style make up was a gimmick…well, it was one hell of a gimmick!
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (New York City)
Why They Will Get In:
They have a rabid fan base pushing for induction.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Critically despised, and despite the recent nomination, will Jann Wenner ever let it happen?
Love Gun (1977)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Black Diamond (From KISS, 1974)
Goin’ Blind (From Hotter Than Hell, 1974)
Detroit Rock City (From Destroyer, 1976)
I Stole Your Love (From Love Gun, 1977)
War Machine (From Creatures of the Night, 1982)