Best Rock & Roll Endorsement: Tom Morello's Speech for Kiss
Some members of the Kiss Army were dubious about the choice of Tom Morello to induct the band: Unlike Kiss, he was rock-establishment-approved – hell, he's even touring with the E Street Band. But in a speech that was as impassioned as it was hilarious, Morello made a powerful and personal case for the band he worshipped as a kid. The speech hit its peak when Morello explained the band's "awesomeness": "What if you wandered into a dive-y club in your hometown and saw Kiss in all their glory, crashing the place to the ground? One guy belching fire and spraying blood past his gargantuan tongue? A guitar player so incredible, his axe billows smoke and shot rockets? A frontman flying back and forth across the joint like a superhero Tarzan? All of them, in frightening, horror-movie sexified Kabuki makeup… The place blowing up with explosions and heavy duty, liberating rock & roll? What would you say if you saw that? You'd say, 'That band's fucking awesome!'"