The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held tonight (April 10th) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
This year’s inductees are Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens.
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana while Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello will induct Kiss and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin will induct Peter Gabriel.
It’s not clear whether the surviving members of Nirvana will perform — although it’s rumored that Joan Jett will front the band for tonight’s one off performance.
- Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic talks about their 1991 record Nevermind and how it revolutionized rock:
- “Well, it was a phenomenon. I think a lot of it was timing as what was going on in the music business. And a lot of the Sunset Strip hair bands were past their prime and people were ready for something new. And I think Nirvana always tried to be sincere.”
KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have they won’t be playing tonight in protest of the fact that only the founding members — and not later ones — are being inducted.
- Paul Stanley told us that he wanted Kiss’ greatest work to contain everything that he loved and admired about his favorite records growing up:
- “I’d like to think that the bands that you are influenced and inspired by doesn’t necessarily mean that you mimic them. It means that their passion, or their approach is inspirational. So, whether its gospel, or Motown — it all is music of passion. And that’s what I think we wanted to and I wanted to see us channel was the passion and the fervor that all the music I loved had. Y’know, its not about perfection — it’s about passion.”]
This year’s RRHOF Induction Ceremony will again be open to the public, as it has been for the Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland in 2009 and 2012, and Los Angeles in 2013.