Founding member of KISS Gene Simmons and another member came out with this statement in regards to being finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Last week Simmons spoke with Radio.com on into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame stating:
“A long time ago it was diluted. It’s really back room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what’s in and what’s not. And the masses just scratch their heads. You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me! That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!”
When asked his opinion of close friend Donna Summer’s induction last year Simmons stated “… if you asked Donna, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say ‘rock?’ If you asked Madonna ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say, ‘Oh, rock!’ So what they hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame? They can run their organization any way they’d like, but it ain’t rock! It just isn’t! If you don’t play guitar and you don’t write your own songs, you don’t belong there.”
Some may agree that Simmons has a point but with the mash-ups of genres throughout the years since Rock and Roll and Disco first emerged it is difficult to pigeon hold any artist to one genre. It can be very well considered that Hip-Hop came from Rock and Roll.
Do you agree with Simmons’ statement?