Clip: Cleveland hosts Kiss protest
Kiss fans rally to get their band in Rock Hall
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Plain Dealer Reporter
Wearing black T-shirts and painted white faces, Kiss fans rallying in
front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday say the
issue is black and white.
"We're not going to settle for a nomination. We want an induction,"
said Kim Rolfe, from Kitchener, Ontario, who has seen the rock band
perform more than 40 times.
About 200 fans, some from as far away as California, converged on the
museum plaza carrying Kiss flags and yelling "We want Kiss." (No one
expected the band members to show up; they just finished a Japanese
The popular rock band, known for its sound-effect shows, painted white
faces and plethora of merchandise, has been performing since the
1970s. The band became eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in
the late 1990s.
The rally grew out of frustration, said Detroit fan Paul Carpenter.
Kiss fans have been sending letters, e-mail and petitions to the Hall
of Fame Foundation for years, but all they ever get back is a form
letter, he said.
So a year ago Carpenter put out a call for a rally in Cleveland. The
foundation, based in New York City, will meet next month to nominate
This is the first time fans have rallied at the museum's front door,
said a museum spokesman.
"We love it. It shows they're involved and they care," said Todd
Mesek, watching the devoted but rather calm crowd. "These fans are
passionate enough to come to the mecca and to stand up for their
Kevin Scheller drove seven hours with his wife and four children.
"Kiss puts on the most entertaining shows," said the West Virginia
father, carrying one of his children down East Ninth Street to the
Three teenagers from Michigan have never seen Kiss perform, but they
have gone to Kiss expos. "My mom made this for me," said 17-year-old
Josh Smith, wearing a costume like the ones Kiss members wear.
His mom also helps the boys with their makeup.
Before and after the rally, the crowd gathered at Voinovich Park,
where vendors sold lunch boxes, ashtrays, flying discs and other Kiss