During Kiss’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, this star said he was bullied for loving them


Kiss was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by a rock star who made music very different from classic Kiss rock tracks. During his induction speech, this star revealed that he was once relentlessly bullied for loving Kiss. Here is how he reacted to this harassment.

Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss | Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Rockstar reveals how he and other Kiss fans were “ruthlessly persecuted”

Kiss made very different music than Rage Against the Machine. Kiss’s music tends to be about sex, love, and partying, while Rage Against the Machine is one of the most political rock bands of all time. however, Vulture reports that Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello has inducted Kiss into the Hall of Fame. During his speech, he explains how critics and some music fans really hated Kiss.

“Growing up Kiss was my favorite band,” Morello said. “And it wasn’t always easy to be a Kiss fan. Just as Kiss was relentlessly persecuted by critics, their fans were relentlessly persecuted by self-appointed arbiter of taste in middle and high schools across America. Arguments, and even brawls, were not uncommon. I remember when I was 15 I said to a bully, “You can kiss my lover with kisses!” Because Kiss has never been a group of critics. Kiss was a popular band!

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Tom Morello pays tribute to Kiss’s “fifth member” at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Afterwards, Morello paid tribute to the original band members: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Each of these musicians has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Then he recognized the band members who came later and were not inducted into the Hall of Fame. He later admitted to being a “fifth member of the group”.

“Tonight we also pay tribute to the fifth member of the group, without whom this evening would never have happened – tonight we pay tribute to the Kiss Army!” said Morello. For context, Kiss fans are referred to as Kiss Army. “Generations of fiercely loyal fans celebrating this long awaited induction all over the planet tonight. Tonight proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that high school bullies and critics got it wrong. We Kiss fans were right, so let’s celebrate.

Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley of Kiss with fans in makeup

Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley of Kiss with fans | Jim Spellman / WireImage

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Tom Morello has already covered one of the classic songs from Kiss

Interestingly, Morello’s connection to Kiss extends beyond that single night. According to Rolling stone, he teamed up with Maynard James Keenan of Tool, Brad Wilk of Audioslave and Billy Gould of Faith No More to cover “Calling Dr. Love”, one of Kiss’s most famous tracks, for the compilation album Kiss My A **: Classic regrooved kiss. They released their cover as Shandi’s Addiction. The compilation reached No.19 on the Display panel 200. Morello and other Kiss fans were intimidated for their taste in music – but the Hall of Fame eventually adopted the group.

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