Known for their on-stage performances as much as the music they made, the four members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kiss won’t even be picking up their instruments at the inductions, according to a report today from the New York Times Arts Beat blog.
There will be no “Love Gun,” “Detroit Rock City,” or “Rock and Roll All Nite” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the band’s induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has the members of Kiss pointing fingers as to why not.
According to the report, lead guitarist Ace Frehley fired the first shot at two of his former bandmates, bassist Gene Simmons and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, on New York radio station Q104.3’s Eddie Trunk Rocks show, as transcribed by Blabbermouth.com.
Frehley said the Simmons and Stanley “shot down doing any type of reunion” in favor of playing the induction concert with the current Kiss lineup, including guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.
“It’s something the fans wanted, it’s something the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame asked of all four of us,” Frehley said. “They shot it down. It is what it is. I don’t completely understand it, but those guys do a lot of things that don’t make sense to me. It’s unfortunate for the fans. We’re being inducted because of the fans. And I feel like the fans are being let down. And I’m upset about it; I’ve got to be honest with you.”
Criss too took jabs at Stanley and Simmons, saying on his person website, “It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.”
Simmons and Stanley, by way of a note posted to the Kiss website, responded by saying they had intended the induction to be a celebration of all the members of the band, which also includes guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Eric Carr, all who they said “made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s point of view.”
“This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone,” the post to the website said. “To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any lineup and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”