In a new interview with The Huffington Post, Paul Stanley says he doesn’t “need the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” KISS part of the long list of bands that the institution has ignored.
When asked if there’s hope of a reprieve, Stanley responds; “Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or Jann Wenner,” Stanley said, referring to the Rolling Stone editor-in-chief who co-founded the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in the mid-1980s.
Fans have a tendency to blame Wenner for the KISS snub, but the real obstacle may be journalist Dave Marsh, who plays a key role in the selection process and once told MTV, “KISS is not a great band, KISS was never a great band, KISS never will be a great band, and I have done my share to keep them off the ballot.”
Stanley, who has been making the media rounds to publicize the opening of a new branch of his Rock & Brews restaurant chain, questioned the legitimacy of the hall itself.
“Look, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is marketing,” he said. “You’ve got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Stanley continues: “It’s absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we’re not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.”
“I’m not here to make converts, and I think that the people who choose not to see things, I’m not missing their adoration.”
Read more at The Huffington Post.