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Rock band Kiss got the kiss off from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they are none too pleased about it.
With their first album released in 1974, the band now easily officially fulfills the requirement for nomination - 25 years since an artists debut - but the rockers are nowhere to be seen on the ballot.
The always outspoken Gene Simmons said, "There are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not Kiss." He added, "I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it's OK."
Kiss lost the ballot to Metallica, rock guitarist Jeff Beck, and soul singer Bobby Womack. The final five - voted on by industry members - will be unveiled in January.
But we don't think their campaign is going to go too well. Simmons signed off on his speech at the Billboard Touring Conference with a nice little jab at the Hall's top officials.
"A lot of those guys on the board can go and get my sandwich when I want, and I mean that in the nicest way."
What a graceful loser!
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