Kiss Won’t Perform ‘In Any Line-Up’ At Hall of Fame Induction
A day after former guitarist Ace Frehley revealed that the original lineup of Kiss would not be performing together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, it has been announced that there won’t be any version of the group playing at the event.
“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,” the band announced on their official website. According to the statement, the group were willing to perform alongside founding members Frehley and Peter Criss, but wanted other veterans of the group — such as current lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, current drummer Eric Singer, and former members Bruce Kulick and the late Eric Carr — to be involved and / or inducted as well.
Stanley recently revealed to Classic Rock magazine that the Hall of Fame refused to let anybody but the four original members be inducted. “It was shut down immediately as ‘a non starter,’ which to me is arrogant.”
Updates: Criss has also weighed in on recent events, declaring, “This is disgraceful.” Metal guitarist Chris Impellitteri offered his two cents as well, stating that the band should get their ‘heads and egos out of your a—!” in an open letter.
The band’s official statement appears in full below:
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 present 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.