Tonight some Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees gathered and humbly accepted the recognition of their peers for the greatness of their music and art, work that has had an impact on the world and is among the best ever created.
They have achieved a dream that almost any kid with a guitar, drum or tambourine has dreamed – Entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Or at least getting to perform on stage.
Meanwhile, there are other inductees that always find something to snivel, whine, and complain about.
They’re chronic: Give them vanilla they’ll ask you for chocolate, give them a nickle they want a dime. They’re either too cool for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or they believe the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame people haven’t been cool enough to them!
Either way, they decide they’re simply not going to bless the celebration with either a performance or sometimes even their presence.
Of course there are always all kinds of reasons and excuses from these rock-a-bye-babies, some of which we’ll explore below. But when you compare the Rockers that do make an effort to those that don’t, it’s usually not too surprising who’s who.
This year’s widely reported cry-baby Rock and Roll Hall of Fame boycotter band is Kiss.
They are punishing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by refusing to don their costumes and makeup and play a few songs. Are you kidding me?
Anyone from Kiss lucky enough to be invited into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be clicking their high-heeled boots and wiping their tears of joy as the spontaneous overflow of emotion smears their makeup – They should be begging to play!
But no. Apparently they’re all mad because the second incarnation of their (novelty) band wasn’t going to be included in their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wahhhhh – Cry me a river! In fact, I remember a kid giving me a Kiss record for my 8th or 9th birthday and I couldn’t get that thing on the re-gifting shelf quick enough. Kiss? Please…
Another 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame boycotter is “non-performing” inductee Andrew Loog Oldham, former Rolling Stones manager. He apparently was not pleased with how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was going to crown his stunning achievements.
So of course, he tweeted: “Like Brian Epstein i was not consulted as regards this matter & like dear Brian I will not be going.”
Oh, My! And hear, hear! Hey, Andrew – Brian Epstein isn’t going because he died in 1967! Unlike you, blessed with 70 years of life so far, I bet Brian Epstein would be doing triple back flips and thrilled to attend his 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction!
Some from the past that chose not to accept the kind gesture of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Guns N’ Roses’ front man, the often seemingly grouchy and rude, Axl Rose, in 2012.
But who was there? All the cool guys from Guns N’ Roses – Duff McKagan, Slash, and Steve Adler!
Van Halen’s troubled Van Halen brothers and David Lee Roth also snubbed Van Halen’s induction back in 2007.
But who was there? Again, the most gracious and affable members of the group, bassist, Michael Anthony, and singer, Sammy Hagar!
But even the most adored Rockers can let their egos get the better of them, like Paul McCartney bailing on the Beatles’ 1988 Hall of Fame induction:
“After 20 years, the Beatles still have some business differences,” the Yesterday, Let It Be, and Hey Jude crooner explained at the time. “I would feel like a complete hypocrite waving and smiling with them at a fake reunion.”
Regardless, cheers and congratulations to the rest of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class – Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, the E street Band, and even Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens (who now goes by Yusuf Islam).
You’re all a few among literally billions, and it’s nice to see you appreciate that, while also being appreciated.
Look forward to seeing who’s bestowed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 honors.
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