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Kiss' Rock And Roll Hall of Fame performance canceled after dispute

Kiss Says It Won't Play At Rock HOF Induction

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Kiss won't rock and roll all night - or at any point during the day, either - when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the band said Sunday.

The 40-year-old group is unable to agree on which lineup should perform during the April 10 ceremony in New York City, and has decided not to plug in at all.

The dispute concerns whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in a live performance, or whether the current lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer would play instead.

In a message on its website, Kiss said it won't perform with any lineup, calling it "an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."

"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 web site. "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."

The band made no mention of former guitarists Vinnie Vincent, who helped kick off the band's unmasked era, or Mark St. John, who was with the band briefly in 1984 and who died in 2007.

"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," Kiss wrote on its site. "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."

The festering dispute was brought to a boil when Frehley called into the Eddie Trunk's syndicated radio show Friday night to say that Simmons and Stanley had rejected a reunion with the original four members for the induction.

"They just shot down any type of reunion with us," Frehley said during the broadcast. "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?"

The band's statement said it has never refused to pay with Frehley and Criss.

Criss, who lives in Wall Township, N.J., said he wanted to let fans know there would be no reunion before they bought tickets for the induction ceremony, which range from $120 to nearly $600.

"This is disgraceful, and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together," he said.

Criss did not indicate whether he would attend the induction; Frehley said he is unsure whether he'll be there.

Kiss began in 1973, and the original lineup played together until 1980. They reunited from 1996 to 2000, but the band has continued with replacement members wearing the Frehley and Criss makeup and costumes.

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Carla February 23 2014 at 4:40 PM

Bunch of Big Whiners

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Susan and Dan February 23 2014 at 9:27 PM


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jorounding February 23 2014 at 8:18 PM

Oh, paleeze....get over yourselves....and ALL of you should play/entertain at the Hall of Fame.....you're not little kids who can't play nice in the sand box.....I have enjoyed your music for some time.....I am as old as you guys. Just ALL show up!!!

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resq11 February 23 2014 at 8:04 PM

I have been a KISS fan since the beginning but I now see that they (Gene and Paul) could care less about the fans and what they want!!! You don't care about me (us)? I don't care about you either and refuse to purchase ANYTHING KISS from here on.

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irisheyes1592 resq11 February 23 2014 at 8:26 PM

Don't take this out on Gene and Paul. It is Ace and Peter that are creating the drama. Those two do not want to perform with the other guys wearing the same make-up as them. Ace and Peter left the band decades ago and still want to call the shots. Sorry boys -- you are the has beens and the show is run by Gene and Paul.. Ace and Peter are just showing what losers they have become. Love live the KISS ARMY .... I will always support Gene and Paul.

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Hello Bill February 23 2014 at 7:19 PM

There is ONLY ONE Kiss lineup.....Period!!!

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Dooney Hello Bill February 23 2014 at 7:38 PM

yes !!!! original kiss !!!! everything else is fake

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peterg3fan!! February 23 2014 at 7:04 PM

..They should play more than 1 song...with members from each era playing the song they were initially involved with...

Peter Grasso, Derry, NH

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MJ peterg3fan!! February 23 2014 at 7:25 PM

Excellent idea! The FIRST post I've seen here that makes a lick o' sense. All this other idiocy is just typical message thread white noise.

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db1219 February 23 2014 at 6:03 PM

It would have been a great show if Ace Frehley and Peter Criss started the show and left just after Criss sang his solo----"Beth". Then the newer members (none of whom I know----or care about) would come on the stage and take over. Then, for the final 45 minutes of the concert, have Frehley and Criss come back out and play with the newer members (and Simmons and Stanley).

Think of just how great THAT would be (if you were a Kiss fan)!!!

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favrefrenzy4ever db1219 February 23 2014 at 6:34 PM

It appears to me that the issue is which lineup would appear with costumes and makeup. I think that it's fair to state that the majority of KISS fans would want the "classic" lineup to perform in such fashion. So I am guessing that to prevent any friction amongst those involved Gene and Paul simply wants to appear with Tommy and Eric in costumes and makeup and not perform with anyone.

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bodbuild32 February 23 2014 at 7:49 PM

Should be the originals playing the show.

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m4i10k62e February 23 2014 at 4:54 PM

Thats a lie, you can please everyone. Kiss Unplugged included current and past members when they performed several songs for MTV

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Denver333 February 23 2014 at 4:46 PM

Probably Gene again...

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