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Published: 2014/02/24

KISS Won’t Perform at Hall of Fame Induction

KISS will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 alongside the likes of Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and more. The band announced today, however, that they will not perform at the ceremony due to a lineup dispute.

The disagreement stems from concerns about whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on stage. In a message posted on the band’s website, KISS said it instead won’t perform with any lineup, citing an “emotional situation.”

Frehley recently addressed the rumors of a potential reunion, calling into Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show to say that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had rejected a reunion at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Peter Criss also refuted claims of a reunion, calling it “disgraceful” and saying he feels “bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.” Both Criss and Frehley have not confirmed whether or not they will attend the induction ceremony.

Here is the full transcript from the band’s 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.


There are 13 comments associated with this post

whatajoke!! February 24, 2014, 09:22:44

Well no surprise there! Of course Peter and Ace are pissed they gene and paul threw them out of the band over money! That’s why they have Tommy and Eric cause they play for a lot cheaper and kiss is a business!! So fuckn Sad!! They should be ashamed!! FU Gene and Paul! I have seen the original line up and the “new” kiss lineup let me just say it doesn’t even compare!! Ace is such a great guitar player great has great tone and u can totally tell that kiss just sucks NOW ! And Paul’s voice is fuckn shot to shit as well!!! If u saw them on the NHL kings/ducks from Dodger stadium u knw what i’m talkn about!! Although worthy of the rock n roll hall of shame it’s the original members that deserve the recognition etc.!!

KittykatMang February 24, 2014, 09:57:36

KISS is godawful. Maybe they were cool in the 70’s before they sold out.
I saw them on Halloween at Voodoo ’09 in NOLA and Gene went on a rant about how people were handing out environmental leaflets and how “that was such bullshit. People didn’t come here to hear that shit, that came here to party! The world is a terrible place that will always suck and there is nothing you can do about it. That’s why we do what we do, to escape from it. That’s why we…ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT AND PARTY EVERY DAY!!!” and then proceeded to blast a millions of pieces of confetti out of four turbines all over City Park, all of which had to be cleaned up. Fuck those guys, terrible message, terrible buttrock.

Ace February 24, 2014, 10:53:51

Kiss is bad music.

KingRhinoNJ February 24, 2014, 11:24:12

Way to fuck the fans, Gene & Paul Congrats. You may be the two biggest fucking douchebags in the music industry.

Joshua Katt February 24, 2014, 12:53:06

Seriously? They really think someone cares at this point?

halfkiwi February 24, 2014, 13:55:51

They shouldn’t be in the Hall anyway!

Jason February 24, 2014, 14:27:53

first of all it is nirvana that has no place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Ace Frehley and Peter Criss we’re marginal musicians at bestand the fact is kiss was a better band without them.

drasticjasper February 24, 2014, 15:05:59

The r+r hall of fame is LAME michael jackson and rap does not rock and Kiss is another band that is LAME we all liked pink floyd and led zeppelin only your little brother liked kiss it was bubblegum music not rock and none of this has anything remotely to do with jambands…but yeah kiss always sucked

KB February 24, 2014, 17:32:48

Who gives a shit? Thank you KISS for never performing again.

liquidtodd February 24, 2014, 21:58:38

....As a long time KISS fan, To me its the original 4 members or nothing, The rock N Roll fame is a croc of shit, gene simmons is a money grubbing yenta, They ruined a great thing….

Danny February 25, 2014, 08:13:26

Induction into the Rock and Roll HOF is nothing more than a pat on the back from the record labels for selling a lot of records. No need to get your panties in a bunch over who is worthy and who isn’t.

Danny February 25, 2014, 08:13:57

Induction into the Rock and Roll HOF is nothing more than a pat on the back from the record labels for selling a lot of records. No need to get your panties in a bunch over who is worthy and who isn’t.

Ace February 25, 2014, 15:59:12

Danny. My panties are in a bunch – they’re bunching I tell you!

JahPhish March 18, 2014, 09:41:25

Kiss is terrible, so is Def Leopard. Nobody cares

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