KISS has always said they are a band of the people, and the people just proved that point for them. 

They led all artists by a healthy margin on this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame fan ballot. More than 1.3 million votes were cast in the online poll for a “fan ballot” voted on by the public on the Hall of Fame’s website. A single fan ballot will contain the top five artists and be counted among the roughly 600 other ballots from music industry voters.

KISS had 239,417 votes or 17.2%. The other acts to make up the fan vote are Nirvana with 218,155 votes (15.69%), Deep Purple with 165,828 votes (11.93%), Yes with 151,238 votes (10.88%), and Hall and Oates with 112,673 votes (8.1%). Hall and Oates edged out Peter Gabriel by less than 2,000 votes for the last spot on the ballot (don’t feel bad for Gabriel, though: he’s already a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a member of Genesis). 

The “hottest band in the world” has been eligible for induction since 1999, and has only been nominated once prior to this year. For years, both fans and KISS have expressed their displeasure with the hall, its co-founder Jann Wenner, and the inductees.

“Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or Jann Wenner,” Stanley told Huffington Post in May, possibly a reference to the fact that Wenner has been rumored to have said that KISS will be inducted “over my dead body.” 

“Look, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing,” he continued. “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.”

Stanley added, “I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Songwriter Hall of Fame? Absolutely.”

Gene Simmons sat down with in October to discuss KISS’ plans should they earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When it came to former Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, Simmons said he will not perform with them.

“How many chances in life do you get? When you stick your hand in fire, you get burned the first time. Fire and nature doesn’t care if you’re a good guy or a bad guy. Both of those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they f—ed it up. They were every bit as important as we were at the formation of the band and they would have been the ruin of the band if they had continued to be in the band,” he said.

Simmons believes Criss and Frehley are in a much better space now by themselves.

“When you have a cancer in your system, its best to cut it out as fast as you can,” he explains. “It used to be part of your body, it turned into cancer. You gotta cut it out. I believe that both Ace and Peter are happier now. They belong home, and doing autograph shows in clubs. They’re happier.”

The final voting results for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be announced soon with the induction ceremony set for April in New York.

Full results from the fan vote (out of 1,390,504 votes):
KISS: 17.2% (239,417 votes)
Nirvana: 15.69% (218,155 votes)
Deep Purple: 11.93% (165,828 votes)
YES: 10.88% (151,238 votes)
Hall and Oates: 8.1% (112,673 votes)
Peter Gabriel: 7.97% (110,839 votes)
Linda Ronstadt: 6.13% (85,252 votes)
Cat Stevens: 5.37% (74,638 votes)
The Zombies: 3.94% (54,764 votes)
N.W.A.: 2.95% (40,985 votes)
The Replacements: 2.26% (31,490 votes)
LL Cool J: 1.92% (26,740 votes)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: 1.76% (24,481 votes)
Chic: 1.32% (18,395 votes)
Link Wray: 1.32% (18,337 votes)
The Meters: 1.24% (17,272 votes)
– Carl Harp / 98.5 WNCX


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