Thursday, April 10, 2014

KISS: Tom Morello comments on drama surrounding Rock Hall induction

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has the honor of inducting the original lineup of KISS into the Rock And Roll Hall in New York on Thursday, and the lifetime fan has commented on the drama surrounding the band’s decision to not perform at the ceremony due to feuding amongst its members and a disagreement with the Rock Hall over their induction.

“At this point I'm staying so far out of it,” Morello tells Rolling Stone. “But every band has problems. If you're in a band, that comes with the territory. I've seen them with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer and it's a great show and it presses a lot of the buttons it did 35 years ago for me. I have a fondness in my heart for the original four. It's those guys playing those songs I fell in love with. But bands have to make up their own minds about what they're going to do. Every band has their own problems.”

Regarding Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons’ decision not to perform with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, Morello says “It's up to them. Kiss fans from my era would love it. The key thing to take away from the night is that Kiss is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And they're forever going to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So whoever plays, that's the show that happens that night. I'll tell you my one hope. If
you were to ask me, "Tom, say the first three things about Van Halen that come to your mind," I'd say one of the greatest debut albums of all time, otherworldly guitar-playing and their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a shitshow. That’s one of the top three things I think. I hope when Kiss is inducted it's about a great band being rightly put up there on a pillar with a lot of other great bands where they deserve to be. That's my great hope.”

Morello personally invited Frehley to take part in the event’s signature all-star Jam at the end of the ceremony, which will see the former KISS guitarist play the AC/DC classic “Highway To Hell”, as the Rock Hall turned down his request to play his 1978 solo hit, “New York Groove.”

“I've known Gene and Paul for some time,” adds Morello, “and I'm a huge fan of the band and have been an advocate — a noisy, fist-pounding advocate for years for Kiss to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of the all-time great bands is being rightly enshrined.”

In addition to KISS, the Rock Hall will also honor Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band at the event at new York’s Barclays Center.

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