Kiss has released an official statement regarding the controversy surrounding former original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss’ denial from performing at the group’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April.
In a statement released online Sunday, the band writes:
“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 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 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 controversy started Friday night when Frehley told Eddie Trunk that he and Criss were “not allowed” to perform with the group as the Rock Hall of Fame suggested. Instead, Frehley claimed that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley would only perform with the current lineup featuring Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, despite the Rock HoF wanting the original four members who were only being inducted.
Criss wrote on his official website Saturday:
“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. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 24th, and I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets. This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.”
Both Frehley and Criss state the timing of the announcement was due to tickets going on sale on Monday, February 24th and didn’t want to disappoint fans who purchased tickets hoping to see an original reunion.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.