Kiss will shortly be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, 16 years after becoming eligible. It should be a proud moment for the band and the Kiss Army; a celebration of 41 years (and counting!) of Kisstory.
So of course, they’re screwing it all up.
The original four members (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss) are to be inducted. So it seems clear that the original four members ought to swallow their differences for three minutes and give the world a “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite” at the ceremony. The social media scuttlebutt was that Paul Stanley was preventing that, and that the current lineup would instead play.
I have been a Kiss fan since I was five years old. I have been a fan for every instantiation of the band. Most of the band’s existence, it has not been the original four. The contributions of several others have kept the band alive. I get that.
Still, whether fair or not, neither Eric Carr (RIP), nor Vinnie Vincent, nor Mark St. John (RIP), nor Bruce Kulick, nor Eric Singer, nor Tommy Thayer is being inducted. Only Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter are going in.
As the hard feelings are apparently insurmountable, Kiss has decided that the band will not play at all.
This is an absurd intended action for such a self-proclaimed fans’ band.
No Kiss fan is happy with everything the band has ever done. The band has known great highs and lows. It has acted with integrity one minute, and hypocrisy the next. The farewell tour ended 13 years ago, okay?
As iconic and unique as the band is, Kiss has managed to piss just about everyone off at one time or another.
It is sad and disappointing that for what is likely to be the largest remaining moment of attention in the band’s lifespan, it has chosen to piss everyone off.
Paul? Gene? Work this crap out. Kiss deserves it. The Kiss Army deserves it.