Rock Hall Defends Decision To Only Include Original KISS Members
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.18.2014
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In an interview with Billboard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman spoke on the decision to only induct the original four members of KISS into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are highlights:
On the decision to only include the original four members: "This isn't chemistry or physics; it's not an exact science. Sometimes there's an entire body of work up until (the artists) are inducted, other times it's a specific period of time that established the band as who they are. With Kiss there wasn't one person here who didn't agree that the reason Kiss was nominated and is being inducted was because of what was established in the 70s with Ace (Frehley), with Peter (Criss), with Paul and Gene (Simmons). That's what put them on that map."
On the other members that will not be inducted: "[They] are fine musicians who...basically have the same makeup and are the same characters that Ace and Peter started. It's not like they created these other characters with different makeup and playing different songs. They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter."
On Kiss not choosing to perform: "We have other artists, other inductees showing up and performing when they can. We're very hopeful that Ace and Peter and Paul and Gene come and accept their award. We're obviously honored to have them inducted."