Kiss showed up, but its music went unheard at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's colorful induction ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last night.
The rock band was one of several notable inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 class, but responsible for most of the pre-ceremony drama.
The two original members still active, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, felt the replacements for Ace Frehley and Peter Criss should perform at the ceremony.
The Hall inducted only the original four. The result was Kiss' music went unheard, though, the estranged band members spoke warmly of each other.
"In and out of makeup, I'll always be the Catman," said drummer Criss to the crowd, referencing his makeup in the band. "You've got to forgive to live."
Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello said Kiss inspired him to play music and that he had to fight off high school bullies who ridiculed him for liking the band.
"Tonight proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the high school bullies and critics were wrong," he said of the new Hall of Famers. "Kiss fans were right."
They were joined in the 2014 class by Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.
Nirvana was the emotional centerpiece last night, as the trio rooted in the Seattle-area punk rock scene was voted into the hall in its first year of eligibility.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, but the iconic band was done after Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago this month.
"Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music," said Krist Novoselic, the band's bassist, who was inducted with drummer Dave Grohl.
"When I hear that, I think of Kurt Cobain."
A subdued Courtney Love, Cobain's widow, was booed by some in the audience, but she said Cobain would have appreciated the honor of the Hall of Fame.
"Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard," said former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, who felt the band made a community of the disaffected.
Four women sang Nirvana tributes.
Joan Jett sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, St. Vincent and Lorde each took turns, with Lorde's version of "All Apologies" ending the night.