Saturday, January 4, 2014

KISS guitarist comments on possible Rock Hall reunion

KISS frontman Paul Stanley answered fan questions via Twitter on Saturday about a possible reunion of the original KISS lineup at the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

When asked if there are any plans yet on wearing makeup with former KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the induction, Stanley said: "No way."

Stanley was also asked if the original line-up were going to perform together. "Seems unlikely," he answered.

The guitarist’s comments contradict recent statements by bassist Gene Simmons, who told Rolling Stone last month that the original lineup may, in fact, reunite at the event.

Asked if he is open to the idea of playing with Criss and Frehley that night, Simmons says, “Sure, why not?”

Having previously stated that he never wanted to play with them again, Gene clarified his position.

“That was for a tour,” he says. “But they were equally important in the formation of the band. When you have kids with your first wife, you give kudos. The fact you got remarried doesn't delete or minimize the important. Hey, ‘You have gave birth to this thing, Kiss, with Ace, Peter, Paul and Gene.’"

Frehley revealed his thoughts about the event during a recent radio interview.

"I always try to take the high road and be optimistic and hope that everybody's gonna come to the bargaining table and do the right thing,” said Ace. “Sometimes I get the support. But I have a feeling everything's gonna work out. I mean, I spoke with Paul and Gene. I know they wanna perform with me and Peter. I'm just not sure how much they want [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums] to be involved. But since [Tommy and Eric] not getting inducted, I'm just gonna let that play out with the Hall and management and attorneys and all that stuff. I'm just excited about getting back with them and doing a great three or four songs. And I think it's gonna be great. I'm hoping that everybody's just gonna do the right thing."

"I know for a fact that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wants the four of us to perform in makeup,” Frehley continued. “That's what they want, and we'll see how it plays out. I'm hoping that everybody's just gonna do the right thing and celebrate the four original members who started it all."

KISS will be inducted into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.

The induction ceremony will be held at New York’s Barclays Center on April 10 and HBO will record the event for broadcast in May.

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