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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Rewrites Kiss, Nirvana History

Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isnt being inducted  It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt.

Geez, was Hall co-founder Jann Wenner too tied up at Rolling Stone to go to Channing's place and kick him in the testicles himself? It's a bush-league move, but it befits a bush-league Hall of Fame.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum isn't without its failings, but at least it gets the basics right. It stopped asking inductees which team's cap they wanted displayed on their Hall of Fame plaque back in 2001, but it still acknowledges a player or coach's entire career regardless of whose cap is on their bas relief head. Wade Boggs may have done a guest spot on Cheers and allegedly drunk 64 beers on a flight while with the Boston Red Sox, but his ensuing years with the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays are still etched in bronze. Dave Winfield may not have liked the Yankees or owner George Steinbrenner very much when he was inducted with a San Diego Padres hat on his head, but he can't erase his years with the Yankees listed under that image. And sorry, Mariners fans, but Ken Griffey Jr.'s time in Cincinnati and Chicago doesn't disappear just because he came back to end his career in Seattle.

This is what Kiss' Gene Simmons is angling for and what Nirvana's Channing likely thought was going to happen. It's not as if there isn't precedent for it. In between boorish swipes at hip-hop and pop acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Simmons has made some valid points about how the folks behind Cleveland's little music trinkets run their shop.

"Well, you have a group like the Eagles who continue to be our contemporaries and every member that has even been in the Eagles has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," he told Entertainment Weekly. "But you're only gonna honor the first [KISS] lineup that was together for seven years? We've been around forty years."

Yep, back in 1998, the Hall decided that the right thing to do was to induct all seven men who'd been part of The Eagles since 1971 -- regardless of who founded the band or what the last touring lineup was. When the Hall inducted The Ramones in 2002, it didn't get everybody -- lesser-known Richie, Elvis and C.J. were left off the invite list -- but it did induct two of the band's drummers, Tommy and Marky Ramone.

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