The 2014 class induction ceremony and performance extravaganza is coming up in Brooklyn this Thursday April 10 and wow is this class giving you problems. KISS is pissed off and won't be performing after going back and forth about it for months (and after being on the ballot for fifteen years). Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens is still undecided about attending but Linda Ronstadt won't be there due to complications of Parkinson's she's experiencing. She mentioned to Billboard that you all haven't contacted her.
You did contact Nirvana's management, though, to let them know that Chad Channing wasn't going to be inducted with Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. Pat Smear should be in the mix, too, but I'm focusing on Channing here for a particular reason. The
In 1988 and 1989 Dave Grohl was still in Washington D.C. drumming for the band Scream. If Chad Channing was the drummer on the records -- not a session musician -- that made the band eligible this year then he should be inducted, too, right? You make these exceptions for other bands (why, hello Red Hot Chili Peppers), what exactly is the problem here? Not enough swag to go around? Just being dicks, like you are with KISS? Hoping Courtney Love has a meltdown (because you know she won't keep her mouth shut and whatever she says won't fit on a t-shirt)?
In the end, this is your party and you can invite whoever you want. When you invited the Sex Pistols (and inducted Glenn Matlock along with his replacement Sid Vicious -- imagine) and they predictably refused to attend Johnny Rotten called the whole thing "a piss stain." I don't know that I totally agree with him but it would be lovely if instead of trying to mark your territory as arbiters of cool you took a cue from the truly cool kids -- the bands themselves -- and included everyone.