Gene Simmons Reacts To Rage Against The Machine And Iron Maiden Not Being Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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KISS co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons recently posted a couple of tweets on his Twitter account and condemned the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for excluding rock and metal icons such as Rage Against the Machine and Iron Maiden whose contributions have helped improve rock culture and music.

The legendary hard rock band KISS was founded back in 1973 by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons who later recruited Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. Iron Maiden, was also founded around the same time, in 1975 in the United Kingdom. As for Rage Against the Machine, it was formed in 1991, and the band is known for its progressive sound and political lyrics.

KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2014, and Paul Stanley had said that the organizers treated the band ‘like crap’ on that night. Although both Iron Maiden and Rage Against the Machine are eligible for induction, as it has been 25 years since their first commercial recording, this year they were nominated but were eventually not inducted into the Hall of Fame.

This angered KISS’s Gene Simmons very much as the hall said that the 2021 class includes the ‘most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization’ but interestingly, didn’t include rock legends. Gene Simmons said that the ‘RR Hall of Fame is a sham‘ and that they should be ashamed of themselves for not including Iron Maiden and Rage Against the Machine.

Here’s what Gene Simmons said:

RR Hall of Fame is a sham not to include Maiden. Disgusting!”

He went on to say:

“Sadly, Rage Against The Machine shut out of RR Hall of Fame. The Hall should be ashamed of themselves.”

You can check out the tweets below.