Kiss, thumbing their noses at critics who disdained them, entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in a class that included Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
Peter Gabriel was inducted by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who later sang with him on Gabriel’s Washing of the Water.
Martin said he turned to the Bible for inspiration in his speech, “the book of Genesis,” referring to the band with which Gabriel started and with which he was inducted into the Hall in 2010.
“An angel of the Lord descended and appeared to Phil the Collins,” Martin said, telling Genesis’ drummer that Gabriel was starting a solo career.
He credited Gabriel with creating a cathedral of sound and “he helped John Cusack get back his girlfriend in the movie ‘Say Anything.’”
That movie’s climactic moment featured Gabriel’s song In Your Eyes, and Gabriel performed a soaring version Thursday to celebrate his induction.
Gabriel said aspiring musicians should surround themselves with brilliance and, noting his early failures as a drummer, shouldn’t be afraid to try different things.
“Dream big, and let your imagination guide you,” Gabriel said. “Even if you end up dressing as a flower or a sexually transmitted disease.”