Kiss Will Not be Performing at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.23.2014
The band was in dispute over their lineupů
The Associated Press via (Billboard) reports that the band Kiss has revealed that they won't be performing at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame coming up in April.
Kiss was reportedly unable to agree on which lineup should perform for the April 10 ceremony in New York City, and they've decided not to play as a result. The dispute was over whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in a live performance or if the current lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer would play instead.
Kiss also released a message on their website saying they won't perform with any lineup, saying it is "an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."
The statement also read: "Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of Kiss and give credit to all members, including 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."
No mention was made of former guitarists Vinnie Vincent, who helped start the band's unmasked era, or Mark St. John, who briefly played with the band in 1984 and passed away in 2007.
Previously, Frehley called into a syndicated radio show on Friday (Feb. 21) and said that Simmons and Stanley rejected a reunion with the original four members for the induction. He said: "They just shot down any type of reunion with us. It's very frustrating. It's what the fans wanted, it's what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it's not gonna happen. You don't want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?"
The band's statement did not say they never refused to play with Frehley and Criss. Criss currently resides in Wall Township, New Jersey and said he wanted to let fans know there would be no reunion before they bought tickets to the induction ceremony. Tickets will range from $120 to almost $600. He said, "This is disgraceful, and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together."
Kiss first started in 1973 and the original lineup played together until 1980. They reunited from 1996 to 2000, but the band continued with replacement members wearing the Frehley and Criss makeup and costumes.