Diamond and Cooper Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; But Who's Getting Snubbed?
Two of music’s successful talents were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night, adult contemporary artist Neil Diamond and horror rock legend Alice Cooper.
Both artists possess an extremely high resume with five successful decades of music amongst them. Diamond has sold forty eight million records in the United States alone, on hundred and fifteen million worldwide. Cooper on the other hand has sold fifty million records worldwide and twenty five gold records to show for it.
Although both artists are extremely deserving I can’t help but wonder why certain bands are not even offered a nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Two bands that come to mind are Rush and Kiss. Honestly I am not a Kiss fan. I personally think their music is very basic however I cannot argue with success. Kiss in my opinion is the single best marketed band of our time.
Besides Alice Cooper, nobody delighted audiences the way Kiss did since the early 1970’s with their “comic book” style side show metal. They had a unique sound and look to them like nobody else, especially during the disco years. Between their face paint, drooling blood effect and pyrotechnics, Kiss became an instant sensation. They were different from any band in the seventies and people not only loved their music, but they were also something to “see”. As a result, Kiss who still make records and tour today have sold over one hundred million records worldwide and still counting. In their thirty eight year career, they have made many “Top Lists” including #9 on MTV’s Greatest Metal Bands, #2 on Digital Dream Door’s Best Hair Metal Bands and #1 on Hit Parader’s Top 100 Live Bands. Kiss was nominated 10 years after they were eligible for the Hall of Fame back in 2009 but sadly did not make it in. They have not received another nomination since.
Rush, a Canadian based trio from Toronto has never been nominated. Since their debut self-titled album was released in March of 1974, Rush has sold twenty five million records in the United States and forty million plus worldwide. They have twenty four gold records to their name along with fourteen platinum records, three of which reached a multi-platinum status.Continued on the next page