By Philip Cosores

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame season is behind us, but that doesn’t mean we are done with memorable award speeches.

The latest comes from lead Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and the recipient is KISS, namely Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, cementing Grohl’s status as the best public speaker in music. (via Ultimate Classic Rock)

Related: Dave Grohl Explains Why Sepultura Rules

At the recent ASCAP Pop Awards, Grohl presented KISS with the ASCAP Founders Award, and in his speech, credited the group with being part of the inspiration for him getting into music.

About the cover of KISS’ Destroyer, Grohl said, “The album cover alone was enough to make me break my old piggy bank into a thousand pieces and scrape up enough lawn-mowing money to give it straight to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.”

Eventually, Grohl turned his bedroom into a shrine for the band, going on to praise the band’s longevity, record sales, foray into disco, and marketing skills.

“Forty years later, my love of Kiss is still strong,” Grohl said, while noting that his kids share a school with Paul Stanley, allowing him to spend every morning with his hero, just like in his childhood.

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