Kiss Dishes Dirt On Rock Hall Drama In New 'Rolling Stone'
Kiss has finally made the cover of Rolling Stone. With literally the only buzz going down about the ho-hum 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next month, literally all anyone’s talking about is Kiss not reforming for the ceremony. Gene Simmons, who seems to relish in the fact that he and Paul Stanley refuse to perform the customary three song set with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, told the magazine: "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?"
Simmons said that Frehley and Criss ". . . no longer deserve to wear the paint. The makeup is earned. Just being there at the beginning is not enough… And if you blow it for yourself, it's your fault. You can’t blame your band members. 'Oh, look what happened to me. Oh, poor me.' Look at my little violin. I have no sympathy."
Criss revealed that Simmons and Stanley offered to allow Frehley and Criss to come up and jam with the current band during the ceremony saying, "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."
Ace Frehley countered the decision to keep him and Criss off the stage by saying: "The reason they don’t want to perform with me and Peter is because the last time they did, they had to do a reunion tour. We play three songs, the fans go crazy. They don't want to open up a can of worms."
In a side note, Frehley revealed that despite common belief that he signed away the rights to his "Spaceman" stage persona -- he only licensed it to Simmons and Stanley and that the rights will soon revert back to him.
Former Kiss filmmaker Tommy Thayer now "portrays" Frehley's character in Kiss' live show. Unlike Frehley's original replacement Vinnie Vincent -- who was given his own unique persona -- fans have had mixed reactions to Thayer duping some fans into thinking Frehley is still playing with the band. Thayer looks at it from a theatrical, rather than a historical perspective: "You've had different guitarists in and out of the band, and different members -- at this point, if you start introducing new characters and new makeup designs and things, that I think that it really dilutes the whole core and, y'know, the original foundation of what Kiss is. And those four original characters are certainly the whole basis of it. To change that and come up with a new design or character, it just convolutes things."
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