Kiss Will Not Perform At Rock Hall Induction

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KissGene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss

No version of Kiss will be performing this April in Brooklyn when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its 2014 class.

This, the decision by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, who have released a statement about the matter.

That statement, issued less than 24 hours after scathing comments from Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, reads:

“Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of Kiss and give credit to all members, including present 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.

“It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in makeup 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 lineup 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.”

That makes two of you.

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