When KISS is inducted into the Rock and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the four inductees -- the band's original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss -- will not perform together. In fact, if current plans don't change, the band will not perform at all.
Simmons and Stanley initially planned to take the stage with their current sidemen, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, but threw that out the window over the weekend after Ace raised a public fuss about it.
Speaking to Eddie Trunk on the radio Friday night, he said, “The last time I was on [this show] it was a very exciting and happy call. And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was very excited about having the four original members...perform at the ceremony. And that was shot down by Paul and Gene. Now, if I'm not gonna put on the makeup and do a three-song reunion for the fans, then what am I gonna do? I'm not even sure if I'm gonna show up for that.” Frehley offered to perform his solo hit "New York Groove" with an all-star band including Criss on drums, but the Rock Hall was not interested.
Ace also rejected the idea of sharing the stage with anyone but the originals. "I'm not gonna get on the stage with Tommy wearing my makeup. That's absurd. It's a shame... You don't wanna do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you? … We're being inducted because of the fans. And I feel like the fans are being let down. And I'm upset about it.” This was the second straight year that the Rock Hall opened the voting to the fans and KISS, who had been eligible since 1999, were the top vote-getter with 239,000. Frehley said he wanted people to know this before tickets for the event go on sale this Monday, February 24th. "I didn't want people buying tickets thinking that they were gonna see a KISS reunion, and then be disappointed.” Peter Criss completely agrees and adds, “This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.”
On Sunday, Gene and Paul posted a response on Kissonline.com, denying that they had prevented their original bandmates from performing with them. Saying, "This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone, they announced a trump move: "To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up. We will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced."
The statement also says, "Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members, including longtime present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr, all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's point of view. Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning."
Two other musicians who go unmentioned also played in KISS -- Vinnie Vincent and the late Mark St. John.
This is not the first time a Rock Hall induction has been marred by band politics. In 1993, John Fogerty turned his back on Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford when Creedence Clearwater Revival was honored. And in 2006, Deborah Harry refused to have guitarist Frank Infante and bassist Nigel Harrison perform when Blondie was enshrined.
Source: NY Daily News