By: Gary Graff
The long-overdue Kiss, Deep Purple and Yes are on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014, joining Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel (previously inducted with Genesis), the Zombies, Link Wray, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Meters and others.
The final inductees will be chosen by the Rock Hall`s voting body of 600 music industry professionals as well as aLina fan vote being conducted at www.rockhall.com/vote.
Also on the ballot are Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nirvana, the Replacements, Chic, LL Cool J and N.W.A.
Through Deep Purple has been cited as one of the Rock Hall's glaring omissions, frontman Ian Gillan tells us that it's had minimal impact on the band, which was first nominated for the class of 2013:
"I have, of course, been fighting against being institutionalized my entire life, so it was never a big deal for me one way or another. It's an American thing. It doesn't affect anywhere else in the world...It's not the fans who decide this. It has nothing to do with the fans. They can vote up to a point and nominate you and all that sort of thing, but the decision of that sort of thing comes through a cartel, a small group of people, the business people in America who decide who they want in the Hall of Fame...I know why the people are voting in and who's lobbying for them and everything else. When it comes to the end of the day, you have to realize this is exactly the same group of people that decided that the Monkees were America's answer to the Beatles. So on that basis it doesn't concern me that much."
Kiss' Gene Simmons, meanwhile, notes that, "If we were to be inducted we would do it for our fans, because clearly it means something to them because they've been championing us. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...is a very official sounding name but not anything with a very big backbone. It's politics and a few people. You look at who gets in and have to scratch your head and wonder what defines rock 'n' roll. I'd honestly rather not be part of that."
Yes bassist Chris Squire says he "won't lose any sleep" over whether his band gets in or not, but he's concerned about how the Rock Hall will treat the group's lengthy roster of members:
"The practical aspect with Yes is it's gonna be hard to know how many members or if all of the members of Yes will be inducted or not. It may be a logistical problem to induct Yes -- how many of the 20 or so members have been in and out of the band over the years will get in? I've always said that if they ever do get 'round to it, it would only be fair to put every member who's been in Yes, but that may be a bit of a logistical problem."
The 2014 inductees are expected to be announced in January, with the ceremony taking place during April in New York City and filmed for a May broadcast on HBO.
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