KISS Refuses To Play At Their Own Induction Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Roxanne Powell
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Due to their inability to agree on a song line-up, KISS has decided not to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

The band, which is over 40 years old, has too many members to allow for everyone to be on stage at once, and they’ve said it’s just “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.”

Their performance at the RRHOF was meant to celebrate all of their members, and for sticking together through the years. But without a line-up to perform, the April 10th performance is turning out to be a no-go.

“Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of Kiss and give credit to all members, including longtime 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,” the band wrote on its website.

“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.”

Nowhere do they mention their previous guitarist, Vinnie Vincent, nor Mark St. John. Vincent was a key player in helping the band during their “unmasked era,” while St. John was a brief and shining star in their group before he passed away in 2007.

KISS did make a note of their departed members, however. “It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in makeup and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. 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.”

According to CTV News, the argument hit the fan when band mate Frehley called in to the Eddie Trunk radio show on Friday. He said they had been rejected by Simmons and Stanley, and that they would not be doing a reunion performance. They had hoped to bring the original band members together for the group’s induction into the RRHOF.

Later, the band released a statement saying they never refused to play with Frehley. Did something get lost in translation?

On the air, Frehley expressed his surprise. “They just shot down any type of reunion with us. It’s very frustrating. It’s what the fans wanted, it’s what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it’s not gonna happen. You don’t want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?”

Peter Criss, one of the original band members, told fans to hold off on any big purchases for the show. Tickets for the induction show ranged anywhere between $120 and $600, but with no reunion, fans might as well save their money. Frehley and Criss have each declined to say whether or not they would attend the induction, since the original line-up could not attend.

KISS formed in 1973, and ran with its original line-up until 1980. From there, the group did not reform until 1996, and then only running for four years. The band has seen many new members and faces, but everyone has worn the original makeup and costumes that were made famous by Frehley and Criss.

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