Argh: Cat Stevens Allowed To Enter U.S. for Hall of Fame Ceremony


It's bad enough that Cat Stevens -- a.k.a. Muslim weirdo Yusuf Islam -- will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

(Don't blame me -- I tried to stop it...)

But I was hoping he'd at least be banned from entering America, based on his habit of wishing aloud for the murder of Salman Rushdie and such.

No luck there, either. Stevens performed on Jimmy Fallon's show last night, so we know he's in the country.

I can only wish that fellow inductee Gene Simmons of KISS -- being Jewish and all -- will at least diss Stevens during the show.

Of course, KISS have already been dissing the Hall, and each other, daily in the run up to the event.

(Yesterday, Paul Stanley accused Ace Frehley and Peter Criss of anti-Semitism [!?]. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.)

Andrew Loog Oldham, who is being honored as The Rolling Stones' original manager, says he's not showing up because, among other things, he says the ceremony isn't as much raunchy fun any more now that it's televised.

Meanwhile, surviving Nirvana members seem to be hinting that, for their Hall induction performance, Joan Jett will be taking the place of their obviously absent lead singer, Kurt Cobain.

Now, I have all the time in the world for Joan Jett, despite her asinine politics, but if true, this decision is just... strange.

Joe Strummer died shortly before The Clash's 2003 induction, and no one in the band said, "Hey, let's just shove Patti Smith up there instead." They stayed classy and didn't perform.

Having said all this, will I watch this stupid show tomorrow night? Probably.

After all, sometimes something fun happens...