By Shannon Carlin
Early this morning (December 17), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2014 inductees, which included Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Hall and Oates. Needless to say, those who made it in were excited to receive the honor and more than happy to share that excitement with their fans.
The 2014 ballot marked the first time Nirvana — who released their debut single “Love Buzz” in 1988 — were eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though it wasn’t really a surprise to hear that the band made it in, Nirvana’s drummer, Dave Grohl was still shocked when he heard the news.
“For once… I’m speechless,” Grohl said in a statement. “From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to… the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Grohl wrote that he’d like to thank the committee “not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll.”
He ended his note by thanking his fans “who have supported rock and roll throughout the years” and his bandmates, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic “without whom I would not be here today.”
Novoselic also released a statement about the band’s induction, keeping things short and sweet. “This is a great honor. Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us,” the bassist wrote. “Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept Rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”
Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name Yusuf Islam, released a statement via Facebook, admitting he was a little embarrassed by how happy he was to make it into the Rock Hall.
“It will certainly bring happiness to a lot of my loyal fans, and fulfillment to all those who have long-campaigned for it – not to mention how kinda embarrassingly good it makes me feel too,” Yusuf said. “The sleepy Peace Train is beginning to chug its way slowly uphill, again.”
Peter Gabriel, who entered the Rock Hall in 2010 with former band Genesis, was excited to be honored again, this time as a solo artist. “Because this is a recognition for all your work, it means a lot more to me than an award for a single or an album,” he wrote. “It’s also great to get some acknowledgement from your peers. I’m looking forward to coming in April.”
Gabriel did not show up to the induction in 2010, but told Rolling Stone he will definitely be there this time. He’s still unsure whether he’ll actually play the show though, telling the mag, “I’ll probably play, though if I do “In Your Eyes,” it’ll take 10 minutes and that might be all the time I have.”
Since 2000, KISS have been critical of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for passing them over, but now that they’re finally in, the guys have decided to let bygones be bygones.
Gene Simmons tweeted the surprisingly kind message,”Congratulations to Ace-Peter-Eric Carr (RIP)-Vinny-Mark ( RIP)-Bruce-Tommy-Eric Singer & my partner Paul. And mostly, to The KISS ARMY,” while Paul Stanley told Los Angeles’ K-EARTH (a Radio.com station) that though they’ve questioned the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over the years, the committee has “come to see things our way.”
Stanley credited the band’s induction to a younger voting body, or at least to newer voters.
“Let’s not call it ‘the old guard,’ but certainly there are people who have been there a while,” Stanley explained. “And there are newer people who are voting, and clearly, their opinion has been different [than the ‘old guard.’] A lot of people wanted to see us in it, and who am I to argue?”
Darryl Hall also felt that newer voters had something to do with him and his musical partner John Oates getting in this year after nearly 17 years of eligibility.
Hall told Rolling Stone, “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. This turn of events and the way things are changing is very pleasant. I think it’s the right thing and I think it validates something that needs to have a reason to be serious.”
Hall also told the mag he was interested to see what the all-star jam at the end of the night will look like with such a diverse bill of inductees.
“With that group, it’ll be very hard to imagine,” he said. “I wonder what Gene Simmons is going to do?”
Nirvana, KISS, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel and Hall and Oates, along with Linda Ronstadt, will all be inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.