Hall of Fame a sham not to include Maiden: Gene Simmons

Hall of Fame a sham not to include Maiden: Gene Simmons
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/13/2021 1:52:14 PM IST

 KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons says it is “disgusting” that Iron Maiden has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall of fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal groups like Maiden, Judas Priest and Motörhead have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted Guns N’ Roses in that band’s first year of eligibility.

Iron Maiden was on the ballot for Rock Hall induction this year but failed to receive enough votes to make the class of 2021.

Having been eligible for induction for a decade and a half, Iron Maiden is one of the biggest bands on the planet. Since the arrival of its self-titled debut album, Maiden has released a further 15 full-length studio records, and sold over 100 million copies.

After tweeted that Maiden was snubbed by rock hall this year, Gene shared the tweet and included the following comment: “RR Hall of Fame is a sham not to include MAIDEN. Disgusting!” Simmons is not the only member of KISS to argue that Iron Maiden deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. 

Last month, Paul Stanley tweeted: “Regardless of whether it matters to them, Maiden not being in the @rockhall of Fame is insanity. Regardless of who is writing in or not, the committee must induct them. They have helped spawn an entire genre of music. What else do you need to do?? @IronMaiden”

Rock hall rules state that artists become eligible a quarter century after their first records were released, but the hall also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll,” which is, of course, open to interpretation.

Just two weeks after KISS’s induction, Stanley once again slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, saying that the organization “hates” the band and that the Hall Of Fame had “no choice” but to induct KISS after the group’s fans demanded it. 


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