For the second time in three years, the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has generated controversy and drama due to questions over band lineup. Two years ago, it was Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses. This year, it’s KISS.
Rather than just regurgitate the news reports, let’s put the thing in plain English as best we can. KISS will be inducted this year into the Rock Hall of Fame, in part due to fan voting. KISS was supposed to perform at their induction ceremony. The controversy is over which version of KISS should perform. Based on recent statements made by founding members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley (who are no longer with the band), they feel the KISS performance should only include the original members. Understandably, the current band roster feels otherwise. Frehley told a radio station that he won’t play in makeup alongside current band mate Tommy Thayer; Criss claimed on his own website that he and Frehley were being “denied” the opportunity to perform with original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.
In response to all this hoo-ha, KISS has posted a statement on their own website that basically says they weren’t denying Criss or Frehley the chance to perform, but since no one can get along, they’re pulling the plug on their own Rock Hall of Fame performance.
In other words, if no one can agree about who will play…no one will play.
“Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter,” says the statement. “Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including 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.” The rationale behind the band’s decision not to perform? “This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.”
So…KISS will celebrate and accept their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they won’t perform. Because there is no way to please everyone…they will please no one. All essentially because no one can agree on which band lineup constitutes the real KISS.
Seriously, it’s enough to make bands think twice about tweaking their lineups.
KISS (the current lineup) are currently planning their 40th anniversary tour.