Kiss is the people's choice for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2014.
The shock rock group has topped fan voting for the Rock Hall's next class, grabbing 17.2 percent -- or 239,417 of the nearly 1.4 million votes cast. The popular vote will be used as one ballot and added to the tally of more than 600 professional votes from the music industry in order to determine the 2014 inductees.
Alex Lifeson of Rush, which was inducted into the Rock Hall in April, tells us that Kiss, with whom his band toured during the 70s, definitely had his vote:
“I think Kiss deserves to be in there. I think they've been influential and worked for a very long time and worked very hard...We have lots of great memories of working together. It was such an exciting time for both bands. It was the first tour for them and first, I guess, headlining tour -- not headlining tour, special guest tour. We'd gone from that opener slot and we shared a lot of really great experiences that young bands do.”
Kiss' tally was well ahead of second-place Nirvana's 15.69 percent, while Deep Purple was third with 11.93 percent, Yes fourth with 10.88 percent and Daryl Hall & John Oates with 8.10 percent.
Behind them were Peter Gabriel (7.97 percent), Linda Ronstadt (6.13), Cat Stevens (5.37) and the Zombies (3.94), while the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was 13th with 1.76 percent.
The inductees are slated to be announced tomorrow, with the ceremony taking place during April in New York City.