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R&R Hall Of Fame: KISS vs Rush

12:01 PM Wednesday 12/7/11 | |

If you had to choose either KISS or Rush to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which band would you pick?

  • Gene Simmons of KISS

    DTE Energy Center, Clarkston, Mich.
    September 11, 2010

    (Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com)


The Rock Hall released its list of inductees for 2012 today, naming Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, The Faces / Small Faces and Laura Nyro among the honored, while ignoring folks such as Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Heart, WAR, and The Cure for the career-spanning honor.

But perhaps the two bands most overlooked by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame are KISS and Rush. At least, that’s what their fans will tell you.

Every year the Hall announces its new inductees and every year fans of both bands take to online message boards to voice their displeasure. In fact, of the first five comments posted on Pollstar.com this morning in reaction to the Rock Hall’s announcement, four noted the absence of the Canadian power trio, with one reader calling today’s announcement “the yearly Rush diss.”

  • Rush

    The Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio.
    April 13, 2011

    (Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com)


If it was up to you, would you side with KISS or would you rather see Rush inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame?

Of course, there’s always next year.


  1. www.kissonfire.net wrote:

    01:32 AM, Dec 09, 2011

    Kiss should be inducted. They have influenced so many bands and they keep gaining new fans of all ages all around the world.

    Read more about Kiss at www.kissonfire.net

  2. sharksfan wrote:

    08:37 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    WOW!!!  i agree with everyone that both KISS and RUSH both deserve 2 b in the R and R Hall of Fame. Especially my favorite band....KISS!!!!   I really agree with all the people who say the R and R Hall of Fame is a joke. Like it says it's the R and R Hall of Fame. If they r going to continue 2 nominate and vote in singers and groups like....ABBA, Run DMC, Donovan, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash.  Really?.....Johnny Cash!!!  and the list goes on and on. Just chage the name 2 the Music Hall Of Fame already!

  3. earthshinerush wrote:

    07:50 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    Both are deserving to be in there but honestly Rush wins in this debate hands down. Over 44 million records sold globally, one successful arena tour after another with next to zero radio support of anything played post- 1982...this band still debuts records in the Top 5 on Billboard. This is obviously one of the biggest slams on any band in history that is so deserving.

    But then again...Jann and Co. are running a criminal enterprise in Cleveland and once the old guard dies off...we will see an influx of bands that deserved to be in there almost 2 decades ago...like Yes, Journey, Chicago, ELP, Foreigner, Bad Company, Rush, Kiss, Pat Benatar, Deep Purple, Asia, The Cars, Boston, Moody Blues, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, ELO, New Order, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull, Thin Lizzy, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Steve Miller Band, Heart, Duran Duran, The Monkees, Cheap Trick, Warren Zevon etc..

  4. toogoogetmoo wrote:

    07:16 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    BOTH - Rush since they are arguably the most talented 3-piece bands ever and KISS as they arguably are one of the best music marketing machines of all time.

  5. RJP1 wrote:

    06:02 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    i think that both are very deserving to be in the hall; have seen them both on many occasions and they BOTH KICK ASS! a band like GNR being isn't worthy of entry, especially after the BS between axle and slash (have seen them recently, and won't see them again). Metallica still kicks GNR's butt anytime!!

    I don't feel that modonna was worthy as well (being the most paid *** to perform on a stage or otherwise).

    bottom line, i'd rather see motley crue in the R&R hall vs. madonna; at least they've been through all the excesses of R&R and still continue to rock!

  6. Drumgodpc3 wrote:

    05:11 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    What interests me is that everyone seems to look past the fact that KISS took Rush as an opener for some of Rush's earliest tours, breaking them in the US in a big way.

    KISS fan or not, both bands have influenced countless numbers of musicians for generations and have changed Rock And Roll and live concert production as we know it, therefore being more than deserving of an induction.

    I'm calling BS on the so-called "Hall of Fame"

  7. sugar wrote:

    04:54 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    While I agree that RUSH have merit and certainly belong in it before many of the inductees, KISS should go in before RUSH. Their impact on rock n roll and the industry as a whole over 4 decades is undeniable. They were a phenomena. RUSH were not. RUSH was geek rock, albeit very good at what they did. KISS were/are just more fun, plus they rock....7 inches above ground.  And no one EVER wanted to dress up like Geddy Lee for Halloween

    Don't forget T-Rex either.

  8. genehartlaw wrote:

    04:26 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    Both should be in.  No question.

  9. theblairbunch wrote:

    03:23 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    RUSH !

  10. Thepeds wrote:

    02:44 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    No fan of Kiss. However, they deserve it just for what they did to change R&R. Rush without question deserve it for several reasons. Record sales, concert crowds & longevity. Also each of the 3 are without question in the top 10 list of the instrument they play. People may not like Rush. However, you know nothing about music & instrumentation if you do not at leat appreciate how well they play.

  11. Stan D'Mann wrote:

    02:25 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    Screw Jann Werner and his snobish band of brown-nosers who run the RRHF!! Betting WHEN they are finally nominated, the guys will accept with their usual humility and grace. I'd prefer they politely reject the nomination and continue to keep making awesome music. KISS is also a good band, with many other deserving bands, that should have already been inducted. Once again, Screw Jann Werner and his little clique of snobbish elites. We the People know better!!

    #1 on my bucket list if I ever get to Cleveland, is to take a piss against the RRHOF. It'd be worth getting arrested!

  12. El Perro wrote:

    02:16 PM, Dec 07, 2011

    Rush of course. They are musical geniuses and have consistently put out good-to-great music since 1974. Kiss is a cartoon with a soundtrack that had some fun dumb music in the mid 70s and has produced nothing but shite ever since.