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Original KISS members gather once more at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

The original members of heavy metal band, KISS, gathered once more on the night of April 10, 2014 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. These four men have not been on the same stage since their "Farewell Tour" in 2000.

The original members of KISS at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The original members of KISS at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Members include guitarists Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, and drummer Peter Criss.

Since their breakup, the members have not been particularly friendly toward each other, having openly criticized each other in the press. However, they were courteous and grateful toward each other and their fans while on stage.

The Hall of Fame's decision to only induct the original four members caused some friction between the band and the Hall of Fame. Although other members of the band showed up to the ceremony, no version of the band performed at the ceremony because of this.

Stanley told Rolling Stone:

We've spent 40 years building something, and to dissipate what we've done, or confuse it by sending mixed messages? What we offered was to play with Tommy and Eric and then bring out Ace and Peter to play with us.

Despite, the four members graciously thanked the other members, their managers, producers, fans, and many other people involved in the 40 year legacy of the band.

KISS has been an American musical and cultural icon since their formation in 1973. Their contributions to heavy metal and hard rock and their excessive use of makeup on stage has made them one of the most recognizable and important American pop icons.