Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman discussed the 2014 Ceremony in a new interview with Radio.com ahead of the airing of the show on HBO tonight.
Peresman said the Nirvana reunion performance came together pretty late in the game, “That came down relatively late. I think their camp really had the idea. I think that when they first thought of Kim Gordon, who was a friend of Kurt, and someone who they really had a lot of respect for, that kind of took them down that path, where they said, ‘Instead of trying to get some guys to replicate what Kurt did, let’s stay on this path, we can get some women who are phenomenal performers and phenomenal rock singers,’ and they really delivered.”
He also discussed the controversy over certain KISS members and Nirvana’s Chad Channing not being inducted, “Whether it’s KISS or whether it’s Nirvana, or any other act, there’s people on the nominating committee who nominate the act, and there’s also people that we go to who are scholars and who know that genre of music. And when you go to them and you say why is this band being inducted and who should be inducted [from the band’s lineups] and who are the artists who made this band what it was, it was really just the three guys who were inducted for Nirvana. And the same thing with KISS. It was the original four. Granted, they had other people play with their band, they’ve had big success with tours, but there’s a reason they got inducted and the reason is, those four guys.”
He added that Channing likely wouldn’t have gotten in even if KISS hadn’t been complaining over certain member not getting inducted, “No, I don’t think [he’d have gotten in]. This isn’t an exact science. But you really have to go to the people you trust who have strong opinions, and are very deep and knowledgable on certain genres of music, whether it’s Nirvana or KISS or the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. You have to go with people who know the subject matter and you get those opinions and you make those decisions. It’s not going to always please everybody all the time, but it’s as “right” as we can be.