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Gene Simmons Blasts Run DMC & Grandmaster Flash In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Posted on March 12th, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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Gene Simmons claims he doesn’t have issue with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but in an interview with Radio.com, he sure seems like it.

” I have no beef with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You go on with your bad self and get more disco artists. Get the Boston Pops Orchestra to be inducted!” he says.

“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.”

And it’s not just rappers Gene is targeting — he also is going after pop stars!

“But if you asked Donna [Summer], ‘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.”

 Gene’s group, KISS, will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But Gene and Paul Stanley are refusing to perform because only the group’s original members are being inducted not longtime and current members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

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    • Diane

      he has a point.

      • Guest

        Right,because black people never invented Rock N Roll…if he don’t like it,he needs to piss off…

        • http://www.disconnexions.com/ X-Man

          Where did you see him saying anything about Black people? He mentioned artists that didn’t fit the label of “rock & roll”. I’m a fan of all the artists he mentioned as unworthy, but I do understand his point.

          • Drock

            Well, I guess Elvis shouldn’t be in the hall of fame either hey.
            Since all he did was sing and shake his hips and not play guitar unless he was in a movie playing acoustic guitar.

          • tom baker

            @Guest was being sarcastic. Its a fact that Black people invented Rock N Roll.

    • Chilly Chill

      I understand what he is saying, and i didn’t see anywhere where he was talking about black people didn’t belong in the Rock N Roll hall of fame, he seems like he has a problem with any artist in the four front that don’t play any guitars or any instruments being inducted into the rock hall of fame, And @ Guest, Black people did invent Rock N Roll and every-other music that you hear they were never giving the proper credit for doing so because others took the credit, Plus they invented a lot of other things on this earth if you check back before the 1600′s you will see the so called Moors aka black people did a lot more than what you may think their responsible for many of the things you see and hear today , moor is another word for black

    • Xarias

      Gene is absolutely correct. What’s next, R&RHOF nom for reading from the news?