KISS fans who waited a long time to see their band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be disappointed to learn the band will not perform at the ceremony.
KISS has announced on its website they will not play at the April 10 induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Why? Apparently there was a dispute over which KISS lineup would take the stage.
On Friday night, former member Ace Frehley claimed on a syndicated radio show that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley rejected the idea of a reunion with the original lineup, which also included Peter Criss . The band denies that was the case.
In its statement posted on Sunday , the band says, "Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time [sic] 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."
The statement continues, "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."
KISS says it made the decision to not perform at all because of an "emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."
The original lineup played together from 1973 to 1980, and again from 1996 to 2000.
The band's statement didn't mention two other former members: Vinnie Vincent and the late Mark St. John .
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