With the recent announcement that Kiss will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame came cheers from the band’s many passionate fans.
With the announcement also came the big question in our minds. Will original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley be asked to perform with the band on the night of the ceremony?
At the moment, Kiss is made up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer. So where does that leave Frehley and Criss?
Who better to answer that burning question than Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons?
Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene posted a candid and interesting interview with Simmons. The fire breathing front man addressed a number of questions, including the one about Criss and Frehley.
On how he reacted to the news, Simmons said,
‘Pride. For me, it's another tug of the shirt sleeve to remind me that the American dream is alive and well. I'm living proof of it. I came here as an immigrant, a legal one – that's a distinction – and getting the Hollywood Walk of Fame and getting the keys to the cities of God knows how many cities and the wax museums and the thousands of licensed products we have and on and on . . . Still, no matter how much much noise we make about how only the fans matter – and it's true they are the ones that put us here and without them we are nothing – there is something in the back of our collective consciousnesses that makes us want to be recognized by our peers.’
As for who will perform on the night of the ceremony, Simmons said,
‘Well, Kiss is Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. It's like, if you introduced me to your wife and I go, 'Wait, where are all the other wives?' It's like, 'Yeah, I was married to them and now I'm here.' You can argue that point and we'll figure everything out as time goes on. This one is for the fans. If the fans didn't care, we wouldn't be here. If it meant nothing to them, we wouldn't be here.’
Simmons went on to say that he would be willing to perform with Criss and Frehley on the band's big night. He said that touring with the two again is out of the question though.
Read more from Gene Simmons here.