Recently, Paul Stanley of KISS expressed his displeasure towards the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while on The Howard Stern Show. He even expressed his disdain for the former KISS members who were inducted at the same time as he and Gene Simmons were when KISS was given the honor by the Cleveland rock museum in 2014.
Four musicians were officially welcomed into Rock Hall – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley (who was the original lead guitarist) and Peter Criss (who was the original drummer). The Rock Hall did not include current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
When Stanley was asked on Wednesday, March 1, during the Stern show why KISS didn’t perform at Rock Hall induction, the musician answered: “Because we had too much pride in this [current] lineup, which is KISS, and has been KISS for 20 years. It’s not newcomers — this is the band.”
“We’ll be back in the stadiums of South America next month. We were there five months ago. We were in Japan. This is the band that has carried the flag and taken it, really, to another level. This is the band I always dreamed it would be, and for us to go onstage… They were demanding, quite honestly, that we play with the two original guys, Peter [Criss] and Ace [Frehley], and at this point, that would be demeaning to the band, and also would give some people confusion. ‘Cause if you saw people on stage who looked like KISS but sounded like that, maybe we should be called PISS.”
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons concurred, adding: “We’ve been all over the world, through decades, with this present lineup. It bears noting I’ve never seen a single banner or sign that mentions any other lineup. When Tommy takes a solo, ‘Tommy! Tommy!’ That’s me backstage going, ‘Tommy!’ When Eric takes a solo, ‘Eric! Eric!’ They’re pumping their fists. It’s legitimate. Nobody is in KISS and doing it by the numbers.”
KISS will be having their final shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 1 and December 2.
KISS‘s final 19 shows across North America in 2023 will begin in October in Texas, with their ultimate performances at Madison Square Garden on December 1 and December 2. Tickets for those shows are available here.