KISS: Stanley the Racist?
When Paul Stanley of KISS said that rap artists shouldn’t be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was he making a racist statement?
This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held in April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, premiered on HBO Saturday. And two months later, the war of words between Stanley and the Rock Hall goes on. This time, Rock Hall CEO and president Joel Peresman says he was”almost borderline racist” by saying rap artists shouldn’t be inducted into the Rock Hall because they don’t play instruments. Peresman says, “He talks about the nominating committee, and how those guys don’t buy records. Those guys buy records! They’re fans! Those guys are writers and critics and musicians. Those are the people who buy records and got into the business because they love music.”
In other KISS news, drummer Eric Singer finds it ironic that when he played in the band with Ace Frehley, Ace wasn’t critical about his wearing the make-up and costume of Peter Criss. Singer says, “He had no problem with me playing with Peter’s makeup while he went onstage and made that KISS money. In fact, he loved it, and he didn’t want Peter back in the band. And then go forward the next year, when Ace decided to leave. When we fast forward, all of a sudden they bring Peter back, and you got Tommy Thayer playing guitar wearing the Ace makeup, and all of a sudden, no one minded it was Ace’s makeup design. Peter had no problem, did he?”