Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paul Stanley of KISS continues to slam Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Six weeks after the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, KISS frontman Paul Stanley continues to slam the institution that snubbed his group for 15 years before finally letting them in.

While promoting his memoir, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed”, Stanley spoke with the Christian Science Monitor about the April 10th event.

"It was everything I expected it to be,” said Stanley. “It’s a very elitist club, it dupes the public into believing that there is some credibility to it and that somehow the public has a voice in it, which they don’t. It’s a small group of elitist publishers and writers and record company people who reflect their own prejudices and preferences. So it was exactly as I expected and from the very beginning of their announcing our induction, they were arrogant and treated us dismissively."

KISS refused to perform at the event over a disagreement with Rock Hall organizers, who insisted that only the group’s original lineup be inducted, while Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons wanted all band members from their 40-year history included.

"I went because there are many fans who see it as validation and vindication of their championing us,” Stanley explains, “and I wouldn’t miss it for the world because it was a celebration of them and for them."

This week, Stanley and KISS released a new compilation, “KISS 40”, in honor of the band’s 40-year career.

The 2-CD package features one track from every major album release, live selections and “Reputation”, an unreleased demo from 1977.

KISS and Def Leppard will launch a co-headlining summer tour of North America on June 23rd in West Valley City, Utah.

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