Saturday, March 15
(Undated) -- Gene Simmons says if you don't pay a guitar and don't write your own songs, you don't belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simmons, who's being inducted into the Rock Hall with his KISS co-founders next month, tells Radio.com he and many others have been scratching their heads over organizers' decision to include artists like hip-hop legends Grandmaster Flash and Run D.M.C. into the shrine in recent years. He said it doesn't mean that they aren't good artists, "but they don't play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!" Simmons also said late disco diva Donna Summer and pop queen Madonna, who have both been enshrined, have no place in the Rock Hall either.
Simmons, meantime, is remaining steadfast in his refusal to perform at the induction ceremony in New York on April 10th. He and fellow KISS co-founder Paul Stanley say they won't perform if current band members, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, can't participate in the festivities. Only the original lineup of Simmons, Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will officially be inducted into the Hall.