Kiss frontman Paul Stanley is unimpressed with the band's upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction - because he believes museum executives voted the rockers in "begrudgingly". The singer and his bandmates are part of the Class of 2014 being inducted into the Ohio music mecca in April (14), but he insists he isn't exactly celebrating - because KISS should already be there.
He tells Classic Rock magazine, "It (induction) was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us.
"At the end of the day, most people don't realise that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board. It's a perfect case of perception becoming reality. People heard Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and gave it credibility. So whether it deserves the title has to be weighed against who it inducts.
"Was it an honour to be nominated? No. It means a lot to the fans and I understand it because it's validation for them. So, for that reason, I accept graciously and accept on their behalf, (but) my feelings and my ambivalence about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hasn't changed any. Their attitude is elitist and it doesn't reflect the public. It reflects a small group who dictate who meets the criteria that they set up as rock 'n' roll.
"I've always felt the spirit of rock 'n' roll meant not only ignoring your critics, but ignoring your peers and going your own way. I think we've done that pretty much with few exceptions for 40 years. So that same criteria that kept us out has not gotten us in."
Stanley adds, "I scratch my head a little and I also take issue with a certain arrogance within that group. Nonetheless, I look at some of the inductees and any club that has Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and The Who and the Beatles and The (Rolling) Stones is company I don't mind being in and my feelings have nothing to do with any of them; it purely has to do with a system which I think is tainted, corrupted and distorted."
And the rocker warns fans not to expect a performance onstage at the induction ceremony, especially one that includes original members Peter Kriss and Ace Frehley.
He states, "Honestly, I have no plans at the moment to do anything, and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else. My plan at the moment is to go and accept the award. Anything else, we'll see how it unfolds or unravels."
Guitarist Frehley has previously expressed an interest in performing at the ceremony, but he refuses to be an add-on to the current KISS line-up.
He said, "You can't have me and Tommy (Thayer) both in makeup... I don't have a problem with Tommy and (drummer) Eric (Singer) being there out of makeup if I'm in makeup, because they're a big part of KISS today. (But) they had nothing to do with the beginning of KISS, or the designs or the costumes or the makeup... This is about the celebration of KISS and how it all began and started, and it should be honouring the four original members."
Joining KISS as this year's Hall of Fame inductees are Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Cat Stevens.
Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl is set to become a dad again - the rocker's wife is pregnant with the couple's third child. The former Nirvana drummer wed Jordyn Blum in 2003 and they are already parents to daughters Violet, eight, and Harper, five.
"We're gonna go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and I think we're all sitting at the same table." Courtney Love reveals she and former foe Dave Grohl will be sitting together when Nirvana are inducted into the Cleveland, Ohio music mecca in April (14). Kurt Cobain's widow and his former bandmate fell out years ago over the use of the late rocker's music.
Sir Paul McCartney was the toast of the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards on Tuesday (11Feb14) after picking up Artist of the Year and Album of the Year honours. The former Beatles star picked up 64 per cent of the online vote to triumph in the Artist of the Year category, ahead of David Bowie and the reunited Black Sabbath.
He also beat Black Sabbath into second place in the Album of the Year vote - his 2013 album New edged out the heavy rockers' comeback release 13.
McCartney also finished in second place behind Canadian rockers Rush in both the Best Tour and Best Song category - his Queenie Eye single missed out on the top spot by less than one per cent of the vote. Rush's The Garden landed on top.
Cut Me Some Slack, McCartney's collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana finished in third place.
Rush also netted the Best Live Album of 2013 prize - their Clockwork Angels Tour release beat out the Beatles‘ On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2.
Other winners included Aerosmith (DVD of the Year for Rock for the Rising Sun) and Fleetwood Mac (Best Reissue or Archival Release for Rumours and Best Rock Music Commercial for their 2013 Budweiser ad).
Courtney Love reportedly broke down in tears while in court on Wednesday (22Jan14), as she listened to a Canadian businessman recount how her late husband Kurt Cobain's legacy had been mismanaged. The Hole rocker is currently in court as the defendant in a libel case brought against her by her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes.
The attorney alleges the singer defamed her on Twitter and in an online interview in 2010, after a falling out between the two women.
A week into the Los Angeles Superior Court trial, witness Phillip Gross took the stand on Tuesday (22Jan14) and confirmed Love's claim that Holmes had "disappeared", leaving the rocker to believe an outside individual had interfered in their working relationship.
Gross, who previously filed suit against Cobain's former guitar technician over the sale of a fake guitar, suggested in his testimony that the grunge rocker's instruments and memorabilia were mishandled and misrepresented, prompting Love to cover her face with her hands, gasp, and began to sob, according to Spin magazine.
Gross also revealed he reached out to Holmes, who promised to keep in touch with him - but reportedly never did.
Holmes was originally hired in 2008 to handle a fraud case against the executors of Cobain's estate.
The trial is making legal history - no one has ever been found guilty of sending libellous tweets.
Pop star Miley Cyrus is set to tone down her outrageous onstage persona in a stripped-down special for MTV. The We Can't Stop hitmaker will show fans a more intimate side as she tackles acoustic versions of her tracks for MTV Unplugged.
A statement from MTV reads, "The Unplugged stage has been home to some of the most iconic live performances of all time.
"Miley's vision for the performance is like nothing we've ever seen. I can say that this will easily be one of the most memorable Unplugged performances to date."
The network's Unplugged series has featured iconic performances from the likes of Nirvana, Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z.
Cyrus embraced her outlandish side in an advert for the show by donning a wig and false teeth and baring her breasts in the promotional shot.
Rob Ball/WireImageFollowing in the footsteps of Adele, Ellie Goulding and Haim, British soul singer Sam Smith was this week crowned the winner of the BBC's prestigious Sound of 2014, the industry-voted poll which aims to predict who will achieve the biggest breakthrough over the next twelve months. Here's a brief guide to the 21-year-old.He'd been through six different managers by the time he was 18Something of a child prodigy, Smith's astonishing vocal range was discovered early on, but not one of the six managers he went through by the age of 18 appeared to know the best way to handle his talents, with one in particular attempting to turn him into the next Michael Buble.He's partly responsible for Disclosure's breakthroughThe Lawrence brothers may have built up some impressive buzz on the blogosphere with their classy brand of garage-house. But it was only when they hooked up with Smith on 2012's slinky falsetto-led "Latch" that they first troubled the charts.He already has a UK number one under his beltFurther establishing himself as the number one go-to guest vocalist, Smith then provided the emotive vocal for Naughty Boy's "La La La," a two-step throwback which sold nearly a million copies and topped the UK charts last May.His debut E.P. received rave reviewsProving he is capable of releasing his own material too, Smith then received rave reviews for Nirvana, a self-assured debut E.P. which took in everything from pitch-shifted Timbaland-inspired R&B to The xx-esque melancholic electro-soul.He's worked with Nile RodgersSmith then contributed to one of last year's best superstar collaborations when he hooked up with Chic legend Nile Rodgers and regular cohorts Jimmy Napier and Disclosure for the summery disco-funk of "Together."He's already won a BRIT AwardAs well as topping the Sound of 2014 poll, Smith was also voted this year's BRITs Critics Choice winner, and with "La La La" also receiving a nomination for Best British Single, he could find himself making two acceptance speeches come February 19.His forthcoming debut album is for lonely peopleInspired by both a string of classic soul divas (Whitney, Chaka, Beyonce) and his lack of experience in love, Smith has described his forthcoming debut, In The Lonely Hour, (due for release in May) as "an album for lonely people."
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has wrecked fans' dreams of watching the original members of the group performing together when they are inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April (14), insisting a reunion "seems unlikely". The colourful rockers will join Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Nirvana, among others, in the museum's class of 2014 and Stanley insists they will perform at the ceremony - but it won't be an original line-up reunion.
The singer made his feelings clear after a fan asked him about the possibility of including Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in his and bassist Gene Simmons Hall of Fame plans.
Stanley initially wrote, "No way", and then added, "Seems unlikely".
And that paves the way for another Hall of Fame feud - because guitarist Frehley is keen to perform and replace current KISS star Tommy Thayer onstage.
Frehley has said, "You can't have me and Tommy both in makeup... I don't have a problem with Tommy and (current drummer) Eric (Singer) being there out of make-up if I'm in make-up, because they're a big part of KISS today. (But) they had nothing to do with the beginning of KISS, or the designs or the costumes or the make-up... This is about the celebration of KISS and how it all began and started, and it should be honouring the four original members."
Peter Gabriel has confirmed he'll attend the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when he's honoured in April (14) after missing out on Genesis' celebration there in 2010. The Sledgehammer singer was forced to bow out of an appearance with his former bandmates four years ago due to touring commitments, but after winning a solo place in the museum, alongside the likes of Cat Stevens, KISS and Nirvana, Gabriel insists he will be there.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I will definitely go. The last time I got in, it was, like, two days before my tour started. I would have otherwise gone. I just thought, 'I can't go. We've given ourselves very little rehearsal time'. But it was a great honour."
But Gabriel fears he might not perform at the induction ceremony on 10 April (14): "Unfortunately, my bass player, Tony Levin, is committed to a prog-rock cruise the week of the event. I have to see if I can do something about that. We want to steal him for a night.
"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."
The town of Hoquiam, Washington has named 10 April, 2014 'Nirvana Day' to coincide with the grunge band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain lived in the town for several months. It is just a few miles from the his hometown of Aberdeen.