KISS fans are reeling from the news that the band will not be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and they're not alone -- Peter Criss was also shocked by the news. The original KISS drummer tells ABC News Radio, "When I heard that the original lineup of KISS was being inducted, [I] only thought, "I wonder what songs [we'll] choose and where we would rehearse...I never thought we [wouldn't] play together."
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. The band denied that was the case, and issued a statement on its website that said, "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."
KISS says it made the decision to not perform at all because of an "emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."
On his official website , Peter Criss called the decision "disgraceful."
Regardless of his feelings about his former band mates' actions, Criss admires the tenacity of the members of the KISS Army. He tells ABC News Radio, "We have the greatest fans any band could have because without them fighting for us we would not be inducted. For me personally, I am honored as a musician to be among some of the greats of rock 'n' roll. I am part of the foundation that KISS still stands on to this day [and] I am very happy we are being recognized."
When asked by ABC News Radio if he is still open to the possibility of playing at the induction ceremony, Criss says, "I was always open to playing with Ace, Gene and Paul. I thought we would. [Apparently] I was wrong."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 10 induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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