The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2014, with Nirvana, KISS and Peter Gabriel topping the list. Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt also made the cut. Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Awards, while Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band will be given an honorary Award For Musical Excellence.
Nirvana was elected in the highly-influential Grunge trio's first year of eligibility, as their "Love Buzz" single was released in 1988. KISS, on the other hand, have been eligible for 15 years, with die-hard fans campaigning for the theatrical rockers to join the Hall for quite some time. Rolling Stone notes that Ronstadt is battling Parkinson's Disease and it is likely she will not be able to sing at the event. "My health is not great right now," she tells Rolling Stone. "It's most likely I that I won't be able to make it to New York in April. Travel is very difficult for me."
Gabriel was inducted in 2010 as a member of Genesis, but was unable to attend the event that year. For his solo induction, he tells RS that "This time I will definitely go. I'm very grateful to have gotten in again. It's a huge honor since it's for your whole body of work and not just a specific project ... I'll probably perform, but if I do 'In Your Eyes' it'll take 10 minutes and that might be all the time I have."
The 2014 class was partially determined by a fan vote and Hall & Oates' fans lobbied hard for the duo. "It was a bit of a surprise to me," Daryl Hall tells Rolling Stone. "I've always been sort of on the other side of the fence with the old guard and the powers that be. . .This whole new generation of people are looking at me and John in a different way."
The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This will be the first time that the ceremony will be open to the public in New York. "This year’s Hall of Fame Inductees really capture the passion of the fans," said Joel Peresman, President/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. "We’re thrilled to again be able to have the fans be a part of the show, especially as we bring the ceremony to Barclays Center and partner again with HBO and Playtone."