KISS: Simmons & Stanley Try to Make it Make Sense
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are sticking to their guns about not having KISS perform when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th in Brooklyn, New York.
Stanley, who seems to be driving the decision not to perform with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, says, “We had issues [with the Hall of Fame] before this happened. It doesn’t turn into a love fest now. There are some people who are angry or hurt by this, and I don’t want to see that.”
He is presumably referring to the Rock Hall not inducting the two current members of KISS — Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer — as well as former members: the late Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick, the late Mark St. John, and Vinnie Vincent. And Simmons adds, “We’ve been around 40 years, and only two members stayed there the whole time, never quit, no drugs, no booze. KISS is bigger than anybody in the band.”
Reached for further comment on not being allowed to perform, Peter Criss says, “We should of been able to work it out as grown men; it’s a shame we couldn’t.”
And Ace Frehley says, “For years, Gene and Paul have been trying to minimize my contributions to the band, even though I designed the famous KISS logo…and designed the trademarked make-up for the Spaceman character.”
While all four members will not be doing their own set, none of them have said no to the end of night jam session, with Frehley saying, “That’s what the celebration is all about.”