KISS: Four Views on Hall of Fame Honor
The four original members of KISS were busy Tuesday commenting on their long overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have been outspoken about the Hall for years, but Stanley tells us perhaps this honor signals a changing of the guard at the Hall. “Things change over time and the thing that I am most proud of is that we’ve never wavered from who we’ve been…and the same traits that seem to have kept us out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are now the ones that have gotten us in.”
Simmons says if it wasn’t for the fans voting they might still be waiting. “I think its political,” he says. “It’s a crime that Deep Purple is not in and Patti Smith is… There are disco artists and all kind of credible and important kinds of music that have nothing to do with rock and roll. But, hey, it's not my thing. I think the best thing they did was to open it up to the fans. There is an American ideal: ‘By the people, for the people, of the people.’ Hey, that's a good idea.”
Peter Criss tells us “it’s an honor… I’m so proud.” And Ace Frehley adds, “I'm so excited… It surprised me, but when I saw all the people we were up against I had a feeling we were going to make it in… My musical career has been a roller coaster ride, but I never gave up or compromised my musical choices!”
Then there’s the small matter regarding whether the original line-up will perform together again. Simmons, Criss and Frehley are all open to the idea, with Frehley saying, “It's a nice way to end the story — or a nice way to re-begin the story. Who knows? I'm always one of those people that say never say never.”
But Stanley was a little evasive when we asked him about performing with Frehley and Criss. “How we’ll celebrate it I can’t say… but to not acknowledge and fully embrace and tip my hat to those guys would be ridiculous.”
And the cherry on top is that the April 10th induction ceremony will be held in New York where KISS was formed, and for Criss it’s an added bonus as it will be the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he was born and raised.