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Paul Stanley on the Kiss Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction

Gene Simmons (L) and Paul Stanley
Gene Simmons (L) and Paul Stanley
Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for John Varvatos

In a recent interview with ‘Classic Rock Magazine,’ Kiss front man Paul Stanley shared some intense thoughts on the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Stanley stressed that he had no intention of performing at the upcoming ceremony.

‘Honestly, I have no plans at the moment to do anything, and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else. My plan at the moment is to go and accept the award,’ Stanley told the magazine (via The Los Angeles Daily News).

Stanley said the induction of Kiss is bittersweet because ‘it was done begrudgingly and because it had become increasingly ludicrous that they (the Hall of Fame Board led by Rolling Stone founder and chief decider on who gets in, Jann Wenner) were choosing to ignore us... Most people don’t realize that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a privately-created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board.’

The singer did say that he’s happy to accept the award ‘on behalf’ of the many Kiss fans because ‘it’s validation for them.’

Additionally, Kiss posted a statement on their official Facebook page regarding the ceremony, saying that the band will not perform in any lineup:

'To all our fans, in regards to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Out of respect, Ace and Peter's recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.

Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including present long time 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.

Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.

It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.

We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.

KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.

This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.

To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.'

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony takes place April 10 in Brooklyn, New York.

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