No, KISS are still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yes, they have another chance this year. Alongside newly-eligible Nirvana, veteran rock nominees Deep Purple are also getting a shot for the 29th annual spot in rock and roll history.
If you can’t possibly understand why KISS or Deep Purple haven’t already been inducted, make your voices heard. This is the second year fans can be included in the voting process. Votes can be cast through December 10. The top five ranking bands from fan polling will be chosen for a fan’s ballot that will count towards one vote among the 600 music professionals who are included in voting. While fan favorites such as KISS have been ignored by the board in the past, if last year’s long overdue induction of Rush was any indication that things could look up for the bands who are generally overlooked by critics, maybe this could be the year for Kiss.
If you’re trying to do the math on Nirvana and are thinking, “Wow I can’t possibly be that old,” while their first record Bleach was released in 1989, their first single, a cover of “Love Buzz,” was released prior in 1988. Inductees made eligible for the 2014 hopefuls had to have releases in 1988 or prior.
The rest of the Class of 2014 nominees include the Replacements, Hall and Oates, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies.
The ceremony announcing the 2014 honorees is set for April 10.