The newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Nirvana, Kiss, and The E Street Band, among others. The other choices include Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, and Hall and Oates. Also being inducted are Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
The honorees run the spectrum. This was Nirvana's first year of eligibility, while bands like Kiss had awaited being chosen for more than a decade. In a fan poll of more than 1.4 million votes, the Gene Simmons-fronted act garnered 17.2 percent of the vote. Nirvana came in second.
Alongside Kiss getting their due is The E Street Band, who were not included when Bruce Springsteen—a rock titan regarded by some at The Wire as quote-unquote "fine"—was inducted in 1999. Aside from members of the E Street Band, Linda Ronstadt is the only female inductee.
Daryl Hall told Rolling Stone:
I didn't think it would happen as long as the people who were in power stayed in power. I've always been sort of on the other side of the fence with the old guard and the powers-that-be. So it was a bit of a surprise to me.
The inductees will be honored in a ceremony at the Barclays Center on April 10.
Among the nominees not chosen are The Replacements, Link Wray, and The Zombies, which is quite frankly straight-up nonsense.
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