It looks like Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have pulled out of performing at the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony after original KISS members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley stated that they were not allowed to perform alongside their former band mates.
Former drummer Peter Criss recently said, “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.”
Former axeman Ace Frehley broke the news during a radio interview on Friday night saying, “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] and Eric [Singer], and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it.”
He also went on to say that Stanley and Simmons “shot down doing any type of reunion with [original KISS drummer Peter Criss and me] – with makeup, without makeup.”
“I’m not gonna get on the stage with Tommy wearing my makeup. That’s absurd”, said Frehley. “It’s a shame. I know what the fans wanted. I know it’s what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wanted. [But] it’s not gonna happen.”
Then over the weekend, Stanley and Simmons made the announcement that there would be no live performance at the event whatsoever.
They wrote, “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 present long time 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.
[As a sidenote….what about Vinnie Vincent and the late Mark St. John?]
“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.”