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On the scene at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony: Nirvana, Kiss, chaos, and... Lorde?

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At one point during his speech at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt referenced the fact that being inducted meant he was joining his heroes who had already been made immortal.

But for all its power, rock music is still made by human beings, and this year’s crop of inductees—E Street, Nirvana, Kiss, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Epstein, and Andrew Loog-Oldham—and the presentations honoring their contributions to the pop world were defined by the various absences spread across the five hour show (which will be edited and presented on HBO on May 31).  READ FULL STORY

Gene Simmons blasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for KISS treatment

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be having its next induction ceremony on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but do not expect new inductees KISS to be performing. Founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have decided against it to protest the Hall’s decision of inducting only the original line-up of the group (which includes departed members Peter “Catman” Criss and Ace “Space Ace” Frehley) while ignoring other longtime (and current) bandmates like Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. I asked Simmons about his decision when he called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to chat about his appearance tonight on CBS’ CSI (where he will be playing himself). READ FULL STORY

Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel headed to Rock Hall of Fame

Nirvana, KISS and Peter Gabriel will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

The Rock Hall announced Tuesday that Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens also will be inducted April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release. Nirvana received a nomination in its first year of eligibility and next year the band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut, Bleach. The induction comes 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide at age 27. READ FULL STORY

KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. YES, Link Wray, and The Zombies also received their first nominations.

More than 600 voters will determine the class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in December and a ceremony will be held next April in New York. The induction will be aired on HBO in May. READ FULL STORY

'American Girl' Bonnie McKee has a lot of famous friends -- watch Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Macklemore, KISS, and more make lipdub cameos

When you write hit songs for some of the biggest artists on the Hot 100, they kind of owe you one, don’t they? And it looks like Bonnie McKee may have found a way to get a whole lot of pop superstars to repay the favor. Plus: Joan Rivers.

McKee, who has written songs like Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” Ke$ha’s “C’mon,” and most of Britney’s Femme Fatale album, is the latest pop songwriter to cross over to center stage, following the footsteps of writers-turned-artists (and frequently also still writers) Jessie J, Sia, and Skylar Grey.

In the “American Girl” video released today, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kathy Griffin, Macklemore, Joan Rivers, Karmin, George Takei, Adam Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jenny McCarthy, KISS, Jason Derulo, Jewel, Tommy Lee, Sirah, Taio Cruz, Jane Lynch, and more all pop in to lipsync lines like “I was raised by a television/Every day is a competition.” McKee also sings about falling in love at a 7-11. America! Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

On the scene: SiriusXM Town Hall with Soundgarden

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Soundgarden just released King Animal, their first album in 16 years. So what better way to celebrate than with a Q&A session that moderator and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins called “the raddest garage party ever”??

Last night, at an event hosted by SiriusXM at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, the reunited Seattle rockers took part in an informal Q&A session, moderated by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The venue is microscopic; there were maybe fifty people there, so needless to say, there wasn’t an un-close seat in the house.

Now, most musicians don’t go into the business for the press circuit. They’re usually roped into these events by their publicists in order to promote an album or a tour, and they tend to answer questions — nearly all of which they have been asked countless times — with marginal, rehearsed enthusiasm. You could tell there was an element of forced publicity in last night’s session, but the discussion was surprisingly lively and informative.  READ FULL STORY

Kiss, Motley Crue donating money to Aurora Victim Relief Fund

Motley Crue and Kiss are donating money to support those affected by the Colorado movie theater shootings.

The bands said at their concert in suburban Denver on Wednesday night that they would donate $100,000 to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.

The fund was set up to help victims and families who were hurt when a man opened fire July 20 at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora. Twelve people were killed, and 58 were injured.

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Paul Stanley of Kiss said in a written statement that they hope their gesture will encourage others to give.

Read more:
Eyewitness accounts from the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting
Shooting attack kills at least 12 during ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ midnight show

KISS and Motley Crue will launch joint summer tour in 2012

Legendary rock bands KISS and Motley Crue — who haven’t shared a stage since 1982 — are uniting to launch The Tour of 2012, a joint spectacle that will hit over 40 cities nationwide starting July 20, according to a Live Nation announcement.

Tickets for the tour, which is being lauded as “the spectacle of spectacles” and “summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour,” will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. But if you’re a fan club member for either band, you can purchase your pre-sale ticket beginning Wednesday, March 21 at 10 am.

Headbangers, is this the best rock and roll news you’ve heard this decade? Will you be lining up (digitally, of course) to get your tickets? Are you a bigger fan of KISS or of Motley Crue? Let us know in the comments!

Read more:
10 Egregious Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Omissions
Motley Crue launch Las Vegas residency, appear in Super Bowl ad
Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

Troubled Michael Jackson tribute concert hits new snag with Kiss's Gene Simmons

When the news first broke that a cabal of Michael Jackson’s family members (lead by Michael’s mother Katherine) were planning a tribute concert for the late King of Pop in Wales later this year, the red flags immediately went up.

After all, we’ve been through this sort of thing before (remember that concert that was supposed to take place in Vienna a few months after Jackson’s passing in 2009?), and it didn’t help that the Jacksons announced the existence of the concert without mentioning a single performer on the lineup.

Also not helpful? The fact that only hours after Michael Forever was introduced, another set of Jackson family members (including brothers Jermaine and Randy) issued a statement saying they did not endorse the show—though only because it would take place during the manslaughter trial of Jackson physician Conrad Murray, and not because it’s a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea). That seemed like a good enough reason to close up shop on the whole thing, right?

Nope! READ FULL STORY

Greyson Chance tells us why he's a huge KISS fan

Here’s something you might not know about Greyson Chance, the 13-year-old Oklahoman whose YouTube covers of artists like Lady Gaga are so popular: He’s a big fan of ’70s rockers KISS.

“I actually watched the Glee episode where they did Gaga and KISS,” says Chance, who just stopped by EW’s office. “I was like, ‘Wow, I’m going to start getting into this.’ I bought the KISS biggest hits record on iTunes, and it just started blowing my mind.”

His favorite KISS tunes are the two performed by the Glee cast this May: “Shout It Out Loud” and “Beth,” both originally released in 1976. “I love them because they can get up on stage and they can party so hard with these big rock party songs [like ‘Shout It Out Loud’],” he says. “With their makeup and all, they’re so dramatic. I love theatricality. The way that they can do that and then go into a slow ballad like ‘Beth,’ it’s very inspirational.”

Chance is currently busy recording his debut album for release next spring on Ellen DeGeneres’ eleveneleven record label. Seasoned music industry professionals including Ron Fair and the Matrix are helping him in the studio. Despite his KISS fandom, he says his album is more likely to draw inspiration from contemporary bands like Snow Patrol and Coldplay.

Are you surprised that Greyson Chance is a KISS fan? Looking forward to his album? Let us know.

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

More from EW.com:
Greyson Chance performs his debut single for Ellen: Watch now
Stupid Questions with KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

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