Saturday, February 22, 2014

KISS will not reunite at Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has revealed the band will not reunite at its April 10th induction into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Frehley broke the news to Q104.3 New York DJ Eddie Trunk during a call in to his show on Friday.

"I don't think KISS fans are gonna be too excited and happy about the news, 'cause at this juncture, Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] have decided to perform with [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer], and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it," said Frehley.

Ace said that he was informed "in the last 24 to 48 hours" of Stanley's and Simmons' decision.

"The last time I was on [this radio show], it was a very exciting and happy call,” Ace explained. “And the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was very excited about having the four original members who are being inducted to perform at the ceremony. And that was shot down by Paul and Gene. And now it's kind of, like, if I'm not gonna put on the makeup and do a three-song reunion for the fans, then what am I gonna do? And right now I'm not even sure if I'm gonna show up for that, you know?!"

Frehley says Stanley and Simmons "shot down doing any type of reunion with [original KISS drummer Peter Criss and me] — with makeup, without makeup."

"I'm not gonna get on the stage with Tommy wearing my makeup. That's absurd", stated the guitarist. “It's a shame. I know what the fans wanted. I know it's what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wanted. [But] it's not gonna happen."

Frehley is at a loss to understand Stanley and Simmons motives, especially since the pair always claim to do things for the fans.

"I don't know, and at this point, I really don't give a shit. [Laughs] I really don't care,” he said.” It's, like, enough already. You don't wanna do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you? It's something the fans wanted, it's something the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame asked of all four of us. They shot it down. It is what it is. I don't completely understand it, but those guys do a lot of things that don't make sense to me.”

“It's unfortunate for the fans,” he continued. “We're being inducted because of the fans. And I feel like the fans are being let down. And I'm upset about it; I've gotta be honest with you. But I'm trying not to let it get to me because, like I said, I've gotta finish [my new solo] record and I've gotta think positive. And I wanna move forward. But it's upsetting.”

"I'm at the tail end of [making my new solo] record,”
said Frehley, “and this has just been a thorn in my side, because every day there's a different story: 'Yeah, maybe you can come and get up and do 'New York Groove'. And if you don't do it with KISS, you can do it with a celebrity lineup.' And that was shot down. It's very frustrating. It's also distracting my attention from the most important thing right now that I'm doing, [which] is working on music and creating. So it's very frustrating and a little disheartening."

"It was very important that I let the fans know that because the tickets are going on sale on Monday,” wrapped up Frehley, “and I didn't want people buying tickets thinking that they were gonna see a KISS reunion, and then be disappointed."

On April 10, KISS will be inducted into the Rock Hall along with Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt; the ceremony will be held at New York’s Barclays Center and HBO will record the event for broadcast in May.

2014 Rock & Roll Hall OF Fame induction ceremony tickets go on sale to American Express card members on Monday, February 24 at 9 a.m. EST through Friday, February 28 at 10 p.m. EST.

General public tickets go on sale Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

See also:

VIDEO: KISS headline Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert
KISS: Paul Stanley slams Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
KISS: Paul Stanley recording audio version of memoir
KISS: Paul Stanley adds San Diego stop to book tour
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