Gene & Paul End the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Debate

Photo Source:  KISS Official Facebook
Photo Source: KISS Official Facebook

In a statement issued on the website it was announced that KISS will not be performing at the induction ceremony on  April 10th.  The statement came as a direct response to Frehley’s  call into  Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show Friday night to say that Simmons and Stanley had rejected a reunion with the original four members for the induction.   Below is the direct quote from the KISSONLINE 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.

Although this statement seems to have stirred up more disappointment with KISS Fans it no way dis-credits the Hall or the contributions of Frehley or Criss.  It simply says the conversation is over and there is nothing more to discuss.  The statement is direct and to the point in true  Simmons style.  Simmons and Stanley have built the empire and although they certainly did not do it alone  they have been the foundation on which the KISS brand was built and they are certainly within their own right to decide how the brand will be represented.  The business of music is not spiritual by any means and this statement is simply that…… the business of the business.  I’m sure that this was among one of the hardest decisions that had to be made in KISSTORY and I’m certain it was not made lightly.

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