A Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame executive has defended museum bosses' decision only to induct the original members of Kiss, insisting they created the iconic characters that perform onstage. Founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley recently turned down the chance to perform at the big ceremony next month (Apr14) after learning that longtime bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer had not been invited to play.
Simmons complained that founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had only been in the band for the first seven years, Singer and Thayer, who are part of the current line-up, have played with KISS for 20 years.
Attempting to explain the decision, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman tells Billboard.com the band is being honoured for what it accomplished in the 1970s with the original line-up, and that Singer and Thayer have simply adopted the personas created by Frehley and Criss.
He says, "With Kiss there wasn't one person here who didn't agree that the reason Kiss was nominated and is being inducted was because of what was established in the 70s with Ace (Frehley), with Peter (Criss), with Paul and Gene.
"That's what put them on that map... It's not like they (Singer and Thayer) created these other characters with different makeup and playing different songs. They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter."
Formula One race ace Lewis Hamilton has denied reports suggesting he has proposed to longtime girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. The former Pussycat Dolls singer and Hamilton hit the headlines over the weekend (15-16Mar14) when reports surfaced he had asked the singer to marry him.
However, on Monday (17Mar14), Hamilton took to Twitter.com to clear up the rumours, writing, "Hey all, need to talk about these rumours. I thought I should let you guys know that I haven't proposed to Nicole."
Scherzinger and Hamilton have been dating on-and-off since 2008.
Former tennis ace Boris Becker's Spanish mansion has been confiscated by authorities to pay off his outstanding debts. The German sports star was told by a court in Palma, Majorca that the nine-bedroom property would be auctioned off for $9.6 million (£6 million) after he failed to pay a builder's bill of $544,000 (£340,000).
His lawyer, Matthais Kuhn, argued the real estate agent who sold Becker the property in 1995 should have to pay the bill for carpentry, plumbing and layering on a basketball court. His argument was rejected by the judge.
Becker will also have to pay an additional $32,000 (£20,000) in court fees and interest.
Rocker Gene Simmons once talked Eddie Van Halen out of joining Kiss by insisting the guitar great would be miserable as Ace Frehley's replacement. The bass player tells Guitar World magazine that Van Halen came close to leaving his namesake band and joining KISS in the early 1980s following a series of spats with frontman David Lee Roth.
Simmons recalls, "He was so unhappy about how he and Roth were - or weren't - getting along. He couldn't stand him. And drugs were rampant."
The guitarist invited Simmons out for dinner in New York to sound him out about the possibility of him becoming a member of KISS, but the Detroit Rock City hitmaker told Van Halen his band wasn't big enough for the both of them - and singer Paul Stanley.
Simmons says, "I told him, 'Eddie, there's not enough room. You need to be in a band where you can direct the music. You're not going to be happy in Kiss'. I talked him out of it. It didn't fit."
Instead, Vinnie Vincent, who joined the rock icons for their dinner date, signed on as KISS' new guitarist.
Singer-turned-TV personality Jessica Simpson and her husband-to-be Eric Johnson have reportedly scrapped their plans to get married in Italy. The couple had long been rumoured to have set its sights on exchanging vows in Capri, where Simpson celebrated her 30th birthday in 2010, but sources tell Us Weekly magazine the plans have changed, and the star is now keen to get married in Los Angeles.
One insider tells the publication, "They decided to keep it simple."
Simpson recently revealed she has a date for the big day in mind but she isn't releasing details to the media.
She said, "(I'm) super excited... It'll be soon enough."
Simpson, who was previously married to 98 Degrees star Nick Lachey, and Johnson are parents to daughter Maxwell, 22 months, and son Ace, eight months.
Kiss star Gene Simmons has revealed that he and Paul Stanley turned their backs on the chance to perform at the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony after learning museum bosses only wanted to honour the original members of the group. The bass player tells Entertainment Weekly Radio that he and Stanley spoke to former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss after learning they had been inducted at last, and the foursome had agreed that they would all accept the honour, but the current KISS line-up, featuring Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, would perform at the Barclays Center ceremony in New York on 10 April (14).
But then Hall of Fame officials made it clear they only wanted the original line-up onstage.
Simmons says, "Paul and I got on the phone and called Ace and Peter: 'Hey, congratulations. It was an honour to stand alongside you then and we’ll be proud to stand alongside of you at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to accept the award'. And they were gracious and happy... and we went off our separate ways (sic).
"And then we found out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will only be honouring the original line-up, with Ace, Peter, Paul and myself, and we said, ‘Oh, OK then, we won’t be playing there. We’ll just accept the award. Thank you very much'. And they go, 'What are you talking about?’ and I said, ‘Well, you have a group like the Eagles, who continue to be our contemporaries... and every member that has even been in the Eagles has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but you’re only gonna honour the first line-up that was together for seven years? We’ve been around 40 years!'
"Tommy and Eric have been in the band 20 years - two and a half times longer than Ace and Peter. You’re going to slap them in the face and we’re supposed to get... get up onstage and do it? No, that’s not going to happen."
He adds, "Imagine you’re being invited to be inducted at an award ceremony and you get to bring only the first person you ever went out with in your life. The one, your beloved right now? She can’t come, or he can’t come. They get to stay home, they don’t get honoured'... That’s not going to fly."
KISS will be inducted alongside Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates, among the Class of 2014.
The Mindy Project is on the bubble. In other words, send help! The show has struggled out of the gate, but it's managed to hold on for one and a half, lovely, hilarious seasons. And we want – nay, need – a third.
The show has too much to offer before it goes riding off into the sunset – it's too young to die, and here's a few reasons why:
* Brendan DeLaurier: I may or may not have an obsession with Brendan – he's my favorite of Mindy's exes (so move on over, shoe store mogul Casey and oral surgeon Bill Hader). His reaction to Maria Menounos' rendition of "Santa Baby" ("You were offering up your womanhood to Santa in exchange for material gifts!") may just be one of my favorite lines on the show, ever. Heck if Danny Castellano wasn't on the scene, I'd be pulling for a reunion: his douchey pretentiousness is unparalleled in its hilarity.
* Peter and Morgan Forever: As Danny and Mindy have grown closer and closer, Peter and Morgan have spent a lot of recent storylines together (guess fifth-wheel castmate Dr. Reed has his unhealthy relationship with food to keep him company). Even better, they've been thrown together by mutual shipping of Mindy and handsome-lawyer-Cliff – they spent the entirety of "You've Got Sext" sending him … you guessed it, sexts from her phone, and they recently (heartwrenchingly) convinced him to get back together with her following their break-up. And watching them suffer through the dulcet strains of Cliff sobbing along to Jewel through the air vents? A+.
* Will-They-Won't-They?: No good romantic comedy is complete without a will-they-won't-they couple, and The Mindy Project has the ace in the hole with that one. Mindy and Danny started out quite adversarial, but have grown closer and closer as friends, and in the midseason finale, they finally kissed. But it's far too soon for it all to be peaches and cream – Mindy even hinted at the fact that their impromptu airplane makeout may lead to some regret; so it looks like the two are in for some more turbulence. And we need them to be able to see them through their bumpy ride to happily ever after.
The Mindy Project is a show that's only improved with time (I'm not even going to make the standard "fine wine" joke) and our lives simply wouldn't be the same without it.
Katy Perry has made chart history on America's Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay countdown by scoring 46 weeks at number one. The pop star's Dark Horse has landed a fourth week at number one, giving Perry one week more at the top than Mariah Carey.
In the 21 years of the chart, Perry and Carey are the only performers to rack up over 40 weeks at number one - Pink and Rihanna share third place with 32 weeks at number one and Ace of Base round out the top five with 29.
"What we had at the beginning was magical, not because we were virtuosos... Ace and I played great together. But in my mind, it's a crime what Ace did. He threw away incredible potential and talent. The Ace I played with when the band first started out was a comet... But he stopped practising. He got involved with a whole lot of things that really diluted and diminished his craft. I saw that comet grow dim." KISS frontman Paul Stanley takes aim at the band's former guitarist Ace Frehley.
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The best friends on Grey's Anatomy have become fierce enemies. Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) used to be the type of buddies who laughed often, confessed secrets, and hugged when the rigors of life and practicing medicine got difficult. Now, their friendship is strained, they have philosophical differences, and they have trouble being in the same room together. Luckily, we have the luxury of maintaining alliances with both parties in this battle. But if you had to pick a side...
Strengths: Compassionate, eager, married to a neurosurgeon god (Dr. Derek Shepherd played by Patrick Dempsey). Grey is the type of doctor you want to hear bad news from. She has a great bedside manner thanks to caring for two young children. Yes, she has fallen behind other doctors in the operating room, but she wants to make up for it by researching organ replacements using a 3D printer.
Weaknesses: Sub-expert surgery skills, jealousy, living in the shadow of her husband. Grey knows what she's doing when the surgery gloves go on, but she's not great. This feud with Yang has made her delusional — Grey is not on par with her in the OR. And unless she cures cancer or the common cold, she will never equal the celebrity of Shepherd.
Strengths: Emerging cardio surgeon superstar, success is her top priority, admiration. If a major surgery is needed, Yang is the one to call. She will exhaust all resources to make her patient healthy. The other docs around the hospital know she's quickly become the ace of the staff.
Weaknesses: Coldhearted, lack of social life, elitist. Surgery and success are all Yang knows. Sacrificing relationships and real friendships could be her downfall. She isn't the most caring doctor. Unfortunately, Yang knows she's better than most of her colleagues. Hubris is never a good trait for the mighty.
So who's it going to be? Team Grey or Team Yang? Vote below!