Mar 22 2014

KISS: One More For The Fans? Please…

Category: Updatesjbedna309 @ 1:21 pm

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As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, KISS will not be playing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Here’s a quick recap of the events so far. The first announcement came by Ace Frehley on Eddie Trunk’s radio show Friday night that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley would be playing with their current line-up (with Tommy Thayer and Cleveland’s Eric Singer). They refused to perform with Ace and Peter Criss. Peter Criss on Saturday posted a similar statement. Paul and Gene followed up with a statement that took it a step further to say that KISS will not be performing at all with any lineup. Eddie Trunk followed up all these with his take on the situation. If you’d like more details on each, you can find them here:

Paul and Gene: http://www.kissonline.com/

 

Here’s my take. There’s only one reason that Gene and Paul refuse to play with the classic lineup. Money. This “reunion” even for just a few songs would be controlled by the Rock Hall and not by KISS. As everyone knows, Paul and Gene merchandise EVERYTHING. If there’s going to be any kind of reunion performance, even only a couple songs, Paul and Gene would insist on controlling it and profiting from it. The money would be huge, especially if everyone knows it would be the last time they would ever perform together. To me, it’s really that simple. Paul Stanley has said recently that he has no love for the Rock Hall, so I can’t imagine he would want the Rock Hall to benefit from a performance of the original members.

Motley Crue And KISS Announce Their Co-Headlining Tour

I agree with Eddie Trunk there’s no easy solution with Gene and Paul wanting to focus on their current band. Their fear may be that this could open up a huge demand for a reunion tour, but I really don’t think that’s the case. They did their reunion tour back in 1999 and they could easily make it clear that this is a one last time deal to honor the fans. With social media, Internet and so many ways to communicate with their fans now, getting that message across would be very easy.

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I disagree with Trunk that this is the 2nd best scenario. To me, there is something fundamentally wrong when a band that so many fans want to see just refuse to play. While I blame Paul and Gene mostly, the Rock Hall is partially to blame. Had they not waited so long, they may have had a better chance for a better outcome. The biggest reason though is their idiot way of choosing who actually gets inducted. When they choose what bands to induct, they also choose which members get inducted. So, for KISS, only the 4 original members are being inducted. When Black Sabbath was inducted, it was only the Ozzy version, not even Ronnie James Dio was included. My opinion is that all members of a band’s history should be inducted. All members make up the history of the band…even the not so great ones. And, yes, I realize this would include Gary Cherone being included with Van Halen. But, even he had an impact on the history of the band.

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So, what impact could all members of KISS being inducted have on their decision whether to play or not? Wouldn’t they just play w
ith their current lineup like they want to? The answer is yes, but if they were being inducted, it would make sense. Additionally, it wouldn’t be the same slap in the face to Ace and Peter. And, what we might get is a performance that includes Ace and Peter with the rest of the member…and maybe even Bruce Kulick. While it might not be the performance by the four original members we all want, but at least KISS would be playing and there’d be a better chance of Ace and Peter being included.

Finally, (and I apologize this is a long blog entry, but this is a complicated topic with many facets) the worst part of KISS not playing is that the Rock Hall, and specifically those that never wanted KISS to be in, gets what they want. I’m sure their hope was that the focus would be on Nirvana going in and KISS would be a nice token to slide in. However, since the announcement, there’s been very little mention of any other inductee. The fan outpouring was huge. Now it’ll likely die down and KISS can have a short moment and everyone will focus on the performances of the other artists (Who’s going to sing for Nirvana?). None of the members have even confirmed that they’re attending. So, if KISS has to go in, what better way for their detractors…

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With all of the arguments for and against, I’m still holding the slightest hope that Gene and Paul may change their mind at the last minute and agree to play with Ace and Peter. It’s a long shot, but the fan backlash has been pretty harsh so far. If they’re truly appreciative of their fans and are doing what they do only for them, then maybe some common sense will find its way through. I really don’t want this to be another Van Halen or Guns ‘n’ Roses…And, what better way for KISS to get revenge on the Rock Hall for keeping them out than by playing an incredible set and having their fans cheering louder than any induction crowd. Here’s hoping!

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May 20 2013

Paul Stanley From KISS Sounds Off On Rock Hall Snub

Category: UpdatesChewie @ 2:05 pm

The front man of one of the most well known Rock Snubs has called out the Rock Hall’s chairman Jann Wenner.  Paul Stanley of KISS told Huffington Post recently, “Look, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is marketing.  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.

He went on to say, “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.

You can read more on this story below:

Personally, I think its absurd that KISS isn’t in the Hall.  Whether you like them or not, you simply cannot deny their influence.  Aside from that, I’ve never (aside from apparently the people making the decision) ran across anyone that though KISS shouldn’t be in the hall.  How can so a selection board be so out of touch? I just don’t get it.

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Dec 31 2012

A Few Final Thoughts on the Rock Hall and Music for 2012

Category: Updatesjbedna309 @ 2:58 pm

As 2012 comes to a close, I had some remaining music topics that I wanted to comment on, but figured I’d do it in one blog here. First of all, a few things regarding the Rock Hall, as they’ve made some news in the last couple of months…First up, their newly name CEO, Greg Harris. I honestly can’t tell you if this was a good selection or not. All I know about him is that he was handpicked by Terry Stewart and he was the VP of Development and Government Affairs. Other than the fact that he founded owned the Philadelphia Record Exchange, there’s been nothing said of any real passion for rock music or what artists he actually likes. So, with that, from a business side, maybe it makes sense, but from a love of music side…I haven’t seen that yet.

Additionally, in echoing the thoughts of Bill Applegate at WOIO 19 (http://www.19actionnews.com/story/20329866/editorial-rock-hall-vision), what is his vision for the Rock Hall and Cleveland? There’s been no mention at all of that. The Rock Hall needs to be a much greater part of the revival of Cleveland. I’ve said many times that Cleveland needs to live up to being the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame capitol of the world. Terry Stewart quietly made some improvements and put the Hall on solid ground, but now it’s well past overdue for the Rock Hall to simply be one of Cleveland’s attractions. Harris has much work to do to make that a reality…and it will take more than some random sidewalk plaques around town that somehow make up a Walk of Fame.

As for the 2013 inductees, most of my opinions were already mentioned (http://www.jeremybednarski.com/2012/10/rock-hall-nominations-could-they.html). I was actually pretty close in my predictions, just thought The Marvelettes would have gotten in over Randy Newman. Although, out of the two, who really cares? Christmas came early for Rush fans as they finally make it in. Congratulations to Rush and Heart as the two that truly deserve to be in and wait much longer than they should have. Maybe someday for Deep Purple…

Finally, rather than putting together a top CD list for 2012, I’ll just mention a few and why they made my radar. Overall, it was a rather weak year for rock music releases, especially compared to 2011. The best rock CD by far was Slash’s Apocalyptic Love which I called as soon as it came out (http://www.jeremybednarski.com/2012/06/slash-apocalyptic-love-best-cd-of-year.html). Again, this CD just flat out rocked.

Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth was surprisingly heavier and better than I expected (http://www.jeremybednarski.com/2012/02/cd-review-van-halen-different-kind-of.html). Overall, though, it was just an ok CD.

Aerosmith and Kiss offered up their same old mediocre efforts at new music. Aerosmith, with much more hype, do have 2-3 very good songs with a few more so-so choices, but really did nothing to live up to the excitement of the anticipation of the new CD (http://www.jeremybednarski.com/2012/11/new-aerosmith-cd-same-old-song-and-dance.html).

The two biggest surprises for me were ZZ Top and Richie Sambora. ZZ Top’s La Futura was a successful return to their early sound (unlike Aerosmith) and offers some good vintage fuzz. I’m not a huge ZZ Top fan, especially of their last couple of decades, but this has some great songs on it. For Sambora’s Aftermath of the Lowdown, I truly didn’t even expect to check out this CD until I heard one of the songs on the radio. If you’re not a Bon Jovi fan, you probably won’t like it, but it’s honest without the clichéd anthems. His guitar playing on this CD is better than I’ve heard in a while…maybe just because of the fact that it’s more present than recent Bon Jovi CD’s. And you have to love when he can say, “Do yourself a favor and don’t give a shit about me!”

Well, that’s my wrap on 2012…musically, anyway. As always, let me know what you think. What were your biggest hits for 2012? Have a happy and safe 2013 and you’ll be hearing from me soon! Thanks for reading!

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Oct 04 2012

2013 Rock Hall Nominees Announced

Category: UpdatesChewie @ 5:14 pm

There were 15 artists announced today for induction into the Rock Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. This year’s nominees include:

  • Rush
  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Deep Purple
  • Heart
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Albert King
  • Kraftwerk
  • The Marvelettes
  • The Meters
  • Randy Newman
  • N.W.A.
  • Procol Harum
  • Public Enemy
  • Donna Summer

What do you think of this list?  Thankfully, there are a couple of our Rock Snubs Bands on this list!  However, at least in my book, the Hall has once again missed the mark BIG TIME with a few on this list.

N.W.A.?

Public Enemy?

Great bands to be sure, but DEFINITELY not worth of being in a Hall of Fame with the name Rock & Roll on the sign.  What do you think?

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