KISS will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 alongside the likes of Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and more. The band announced today, however, that they will not perform at the ceremony due to a lineup dispute.
The disagreement stems from concerns about whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on stage. In a message posted on the band’s website, KISS said it instead won’t perform with any lineup, citing an “emotional situation.”
Frehley recently addressed the rumors of a potential reunion, calling into Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show to say that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had rejected a reunion at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Peter Criss also refuted claims of a reunion, calling it “disgraceful” and saying he feels “bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.” Both Criss and Frehley have not confirmed whether or not they will attend the induction ceremony.
Here is the full transcript from the band’s website:
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 long time present 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.