Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Current KISS lineup to attend Rock Hall induction

Current KISS members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will be on hand when the band’s original lineup is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York on April 10.

Rolling Stone reports Gene Simmons has confirmed that he and Paul Stanley have invited the pair – who won’t be inducted – to sit at their table during the event, along with guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played in in the band during its make-up-free period, from 1984 to 1996.

"The fact that they want me at their table means the world," says Kulick.

With founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss also on hand, that means all surviving KISS members will attend, except for hard-to-track-down guitarist Vinnie Vincent. "He's kind of the Howard Hughes of Kiss," says Kulick.

Simmons and Stanley are still upset that the Rock Hall is not inducting every member from the band’s history.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman recently defended the Hall's decision to induct only KISS' founding lineup, saying the band "is a unique situation where you have artists who wear makeup as part of what the band's about," explaining the Hall felt that the later members (including Thayer and Singer) "are fine musicians who...basically have the same makeup and are the same characters that Ace and Peter started. It's not like they created these other characters with different makeup and playing different songs. They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter."

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