Rocker Gene Simmons has dashed Kiss fans' hopes of an original line-up reunion following the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in April (14), insisting there's "not a chance" of a get together. As Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley prepare for a residency in Las Vegas while touring with Def Leppard, devotees are hoping that Ace Frehley and Peter Kriss will join them onstage - but the bassist insists current bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will never be replaced.
He tells The Tampa Tribune, "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy and Eric. It wouldn't be right."
Simmons and Stanley refused to perform at the Hall of Fame gala after learning Thayer and Singer would not be honoured alongside Frehley and Kriss.
The bass player adds, "We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the face that they didn't acknowledge Tommy and Eric. They've been in the band longer than Ace and Peter."
Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.
The Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham has announced he'll be a no-show at Thursday's (10Apr14) Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony after learning museum bosses have only allocated five minutes of the show to honour him and fellow svengali Brian Epstein. The two music moguls will join KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Hall & Oates and Linda Ronstadt among the Class of 2014, but Oldham plans to sit out the New York gala.
He recently told the audience during a talk at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership in Germany, "I think those people (Hall of Fame bosses) basically hijacked the name rock 'n' roll. I won't be there... It's a television show.
"Twenty years ago it was an incredible party in the Waldorf-Astoria... and then it became a business. I think it's healthier to stay home."
Asked to confirm he would not be a part of the ceremony by a fan last week (04Apr14), the 70 year old tweeted, "Like (the late) Brian Epstein I was not consulted as regards this matter & like dear Brian I will not be going (sic)."
He and Epstein are being inducted as non-performers as part of a Hall of Fame celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the original British Invasion as the Beatles and Stones conquered the U.S.
He adds, "The Hall has adjusted for the times and... I think it may have become an event for performers only and their fans. Rush last year, Nirvana and KISS this year. Now, for the Hall Of Fame to survive, it's gone 'Simon Cowell' and that, unless you are a Rush or KISS fan, is a shame."
Linda Ronstadt will also be a no-show at the induction ceremony after revealing she's too ill to travel to the event, and KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have refused to perform after learning their current bandmates will not be honoured alongside them.
Oldham isn't the first inductee to boycott the event - Neil Young refused to turn up in 1997 when he was being honoured as a member of Buffalo Springfield and the Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose also stayed away when they were inducted.
Guitarist Ace Frehley is confident Thursday's (10Apr14) KISS reunion at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a harmonious affair, despite the bandmates' public attacks of each other. He'll join founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and bandmate Peter Criss, alongside the group's current drummer and guitarist and another ex-member, Bruce Kulick, for the honour in New York - and he insists the group's big night won't become a big drama, no matter what they've said about each other in memoirs and interviews.
He tells VH1, "We say good things about each other and we say bad things about each other... but it is what it is. It's rock and roll. I mean, if all we did was pat each other on the back for every book, people would say, 'That's a boring book.'
"They want to hear the dirt. I've got plenty of dirt.
"(But) believe it or not, every time the four of us (Stanley, Frehley, Simmons and Criss) get together, even though it's been a long span of time, we're still brothers in rock and roll. At least that's the way I feel. If it's not going to be that way, I'd be surprised."
Stanley and Simmons have refused to perform at the gala following the band's Hall of Fame induction - because current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer won't be inducted alongside them.
Hall of Fame officials insisted only the original line-up should be honoured.
Seven of the surviving members of rock group Kiss will reunite at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - if only to sit at the same table. Band founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley pulled out of a performance at the induction ceremony this month (Apr14) after learning that their current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would not be honoured by Hall of Fame officials, who simply wanted to salute the group's original line-up.
Now Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine that he and Stanley have invited Singer and Thayer to sit at their table during the ceremony on 10 April (14), along with guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played in Kiss from 1984 to 1996.
Kulick tells the magazine that guitarist Vinnie Vincent will not be joining the Hall of Fame party, insisting the rocker is hard to track down: "He's kind of the Howard Hughes of KISS."
Kulick, Thayer and Singer will join original KISS bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the ceremony in New York.
Slipknot star Corey Taylor has taken aim at his Kiss heroes for allowing past dramas to upset one of the band's biggest nights at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Like many KISS fans, Taylor was looking forward to seeing the band perform at the prestigious event next month (Apr14), but founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have decided not to play live after learning museum bosses had no plans to honour their current bandmates.
Instead, only ex-band members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley will be inducted alongside the longtime KISS stars, and Stanley and Simmons have refused to perform with them.
Taylor has now weighed in on the controversy, insisting the bandmates should put the fans first.
He says, "It’s like, 'Can you guys just put aside your petty issues and realise that without one another you wouldn’t have been able to do this? Can you just set stuff aside and do one show for the fans as the original line-up again? And then you never have to see each other again!
"That’s just me laying it straight. I might not ever get a kind word from anybody in that band anymore, but I think it’s petty and I think it’s ridiculous! Figure it out! Show respect, because sometimes it’s not about you, it’s about the fans."
"I won't be disrespected. How can you put me in the Hall of Fame and then tell me to go sit over there in the corner while another guy puts on my makeup and plays? That's an injustice. To the fans, too." Former Kiss star Peter Criss on the prospect of landing a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction and then not getting the chance to perform with his former bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. The drama connected to the band's upcoming honour has prompted Stanley and Simmons to pull out of a performance altogether.
"I keep thinking about Ace and Peter: 'What are they doing now? Where are they?' It's gotta be close to the end. How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?" Kiss star Gene Simmons often wonders how his former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss cover their expenses.
Kiss founding member Paul Stanley has stepped up his feud with bosses at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by accusing them of giving other bands like the Grateful Dead preferential treatment. Stanley and his bandmate Gene Simmons turned down the chance to perform at their induction ceremony next month (Apr14) after learning that longtime members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are not eligible for the honour because they were not part of the original line-up.
The pair have publicly argued with the Hall of Fame Foundation's CEO Joel Peresman, complaining that founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were only in the band for the first seven years, whereas current members Singer and Thayer have played with KISS for 20 years.
Stanley has now written an open letter to Peresman, accusing the foundation of favouritism, citing their decision to let rock band Grateful Dead induct 12 members from an ever-changing line-up back in 1994, including behind-the-scenes songwriter Robert Hunter.
In the letter, which the singer posted on the KISS official website, Stanley writes, "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame continues to attempt to restore its questionable credibility and glimpses behind the facade with nonsense and half truths.
"The truth is Joel Peresman and the rest of the decision makers refused to consider the induction of any former KISS members and specifically the late Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick who were both in the band through multi-platinum albums and worldwide tours and didn't wear make-up.
"There is no getting around the reality that the Hall Of Fame's favouritism and preferential treatment towards artists they like goes as far as asking the Grateful Dead how many members they wanted the hall to induct and following their directive while also including a songwriter who was never in the actual band".
He concluded, "Let's just accept the truth as it is and move on."
Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has dismissed the band's current line-up as "half a cover band" following a bust-up over who should perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Remaining founder members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley turned down the offer to perform at the ceremony in April (14) when they learned that only the original members of the band had been invited to perform, as current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are not being inducted.
Stanley also implied he was not confident enough in Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss' ability to perform, telling Billboard, "Honestly, I don't want to roll the dice and possibly negatively impact on what I personally have been involved in building for 40 years. I have too much invested at this point."
However, Frehley has since hit back at the suggestion, citing a performance with Criss to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Eddie Trunk's rock radio show in October (13) as proof they can still play.
He tells Revolver, "I've been reading stuff on the Internet and Paul and Gene have been insinuating that maybe Peter and myself don't have it anymore, which is a load of c**p. We proved otherwise at Eddie's party, but aside from that, it's very misleading. I think somehow they wanted to validate the current line-up. I don't have a problem with the current line-up. It is what it is - it's half a KISS cover band."