Real reason that KISS belongs in the Hall of Frame.
David Baker on 08/15/2006
Should KISS be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Frame?
One could list KISS many accomplimments and how many records they had sold to millions of die-hard fans known as the KISS Army over the past thirty-five years. These all are genuine reasons for KISS’ induction, but it would be unfair to say that these were the only reasons.
Sure, KISS rocked the stage like no other band before them and had influenced countless bands throughout decades since, but what does KISS mean to their legion of fans, the people who vote with their hard earned dollars.
For this fan, KISS has always been more than just a rock band. To me, the band was my heroes with fantastic powers. I needed all of the positive role models that I could find, being that I had Cerebral Palsy. To their young fans KISS made sure that they kept a positive image, in spite of themselves.
When things were down, I could always count on KISS to cheer me up. Record after record had many light hearted upbeat songs to loose one’s care to. KISS even wrote a song called “I Believe in Me!” This song is one that every handicapped person can indefly with.
When Eric Carr joined the band, I saw KISS with fresh eyes. It was exciting to watch him play the drums. Eric seemed so happy just to be in the group, I felt like I was wearing his platform shoes every time that I saw him play.
As I grew older, so did KISS by taking off their make-up. This only served to inspire respect for KISS and their hard work. KISS taught me courage and to respect myself. Over the years, when other bands gave up, KISS kept pressing on. Leading by example throughout the eighties, KISS showed me that there was nothing that I couldn’t do as a handicapped person.
Looking back on my life so far, I don’t know where I would be today without KISS. It wasn’t that KISS had meant to touch my life so but that that they had. And when one multiplies my story by millions, one begins to understand just how many lives that KISS had touched. This is the real reason that KISS belongs in the Hall of Frame.