Among those performing at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, this year’s inductee Kiss won’t be among them.
The legendary rock band, known for their makeup and characteristic style, has decided to skip performing at the April 10th ceremony, instead only focusing their attention on their induction. This follows a dispute over which lineup should be assembled, concerning of whether or not original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley would be joined by original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, or by the band’s current lineup which includes Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.
Kiss stated in their website it was a difficult decision, and there would be no way to please everyone”, while the memory of the times would not be enhanced by a performance. Their intention is to celebrate the entire history of the band, giving credit to all members including Criss and Frehley (who were at the foundation of the band), and late drummer Eric Carr. However, in a interview in a syndicated radio show hosted by That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk, Frehley claims that Simmons and Stanley have turned down requests for a reunion that would include the original members, which they both deny.
So far, no word into whether or not all four original members will attend the ceremony, or which members will.