After having been eligible for the last 15 years, KISS will finally be joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. KISS will join other new inductees Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens.
Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock Hall back in 1999, and now the E Street Band will be joining him there as well. The E Street band will be presented the Award for Musical Excellence, presented to sidemen.
Receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which goes to non-performers, will be the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
The 29th Inductiuon Ceremonies will be held on April 10 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and will be open to the public. The show will be taped for broadcast on HBO in May.
“We know that engaging the fans is a huge opportunity,” said Joel Peresman, president/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It gives them a chance to be a part of the ceremony, but it also adds a palpable energy to the event. Once we decided to open the ceremony to the public in New York, that had a huge impact on the decision to have it at Barclays Center.”
The Rock Hall implemented fan voting for a single vote ballot spot for the second year in a row, with voting taking place on the Rock Hall website, as well as on rollingstone.com and usatoday.com. Nearly 1.4 million votes were totaled up this year, with KISS leading the way with 239,000 votes. Nirvana was next with 218,000, followed by Yes with 151,000 and Deep Purple with 166,000. Both Yes and Deep Purple were passed over for induction in 2014. The voting was rounded out by Hall & Oates with 113,000, Peter Gabriel with 111,000, Linda Ronstadt with 85,000 and Cat Stevens with 75,000.
Tickets will go on sale to the public next month, with an exact date yet to be announced. A pre-sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will take place in advance of the public on-sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum member by December 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Get all the details at www.rockhall.com