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Gene Simmons of KISS during a 2009 concert in Washington, D.C.
Gene Simmons of KISS during a 2009 concert in Washington, D.C. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2011 inductees have been announced and once again, KISS is not being honored.
Now, I've never particularly liked the band. But, come on. The boys have sold more than 100 million albums. They're still slapping on the face paint and strapping on the platform boots to do concerts around the world. The band's a legend in its own time. Even the decidedly-unmetal Wilco pays a sort of homage to KISS.
Nothing against this year's honorees (the Alice Cooper band; Neil Diamond; Dr. John; Darlene Love; Tom Waits; Leon Russell; Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman; and Specialty Records founder Art Rupe). They're all deserving.
And as I said last year, there are others who aren't in the Hall that probably should be.
But what about KISS?
Whew. Now we can return to the day's important news.