Over the weekend, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley revealed on Eddie Trunk’s Q104.3 radio show, that the that the original members of KISS will not be performing at the Rock N’Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. That was followed by a statement from Peter Criss, prompted and official response by Gene and Paul, which sounds disingenuous at best.
On ‘Eddie Trunk Rocks’ from Friday night (Feb. 21) Frehley said, “I don’t think KISS fans are gonna be too excited and happy about the news, ’cause at this juncture, Paul (Stanley) and Gene (Simmons) have decided to perform with (current KISS members) Tommy (Thayer, guitar) and Eric (Singer, drums), and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it.”
Ace had a lot more to say on the subject of the R&R Hall OF Fame, scheduled to take place on April 10th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Check out the full interview with Eddie Trucnk below:
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss then released his own following statement about the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction:
“To KISS fans,
It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 24th, and I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets. This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.
Peter Criss – The Catman”
This prompted the statement from KISS on the band’s website:
“To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Out of respect, Ace and Peter’s recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.
Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time 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.
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. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.
We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.
KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.
This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.
To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.”
I know a lot of bridges were burned over the years between the guys, and I cannot claim to know the entire story between those guys, but my god, if you can’t acknowledge the other two guys that were there at the beginning in a meaningful way, than that is pretty sad. Continuing to put business and dollar signs first, and music and legacy second seems to be the continued culmination and interpretation of Gene and Paul’s stance. Sell some more Hello Kitty shit and Forever 21 Kiss clothing. Ace and Peter better show and get up there to accept THEIR award. Don’t worry about the rest.