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Peter Criss says; “This is disgraceful…” commenting on Hall of Fame induction; “Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.”

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Peter Criss says; “This is disgraceful…” commenting on Hall of Fame induction; “Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.”

 

Founding Kiss drummer Peter Criss says that he was “denied” a chance to perform alongside his former bandmates at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in a move he calls “disgraceful.”

“I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together,” Criss explained in a post on his official website. Just like the band’s former lead guitarist Ace Frehley, who broke the “no reunion” news in a Friday night radio interview, the original “catman” says he’s trying to avoid having fans buy tickets expecting a reunion of the group’s ’70s lineup: “I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets.”

Earlier this morning, the current lineup of Kiss — featuring fellow founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons — revealed that they wouldn’t be performing at the ceremony “in any lineup.” Their statement indicates the problem from their side isn’t with playing alongside Criss and Frehley, but rather that other current and former band members — including 10-year plus veterans Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and the late Eric Carr — won’t be inducted or invited to participate.

 

Criss’ full statement can be read below:

To KISS fans,

It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.   Tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 24th,  and I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets.  This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.
God Bless,

Peter Criss – The Catman

The above is from Ultimate Classic Rock
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  • ElectricGypsy

    Seems odd to me that in honoring a band’s career, you don’t allow the band to decide whether or not its current members are invited to play on stage. I still think it’s silly to have a band perform during their own induction. Assuming his story is accurate, which it probably isn’t, I side with Gene on this one.

  • Scott Livesey

    There have been many times over the years I’ve thought Gene was being an ass in the way he conducted band business, but I think this may be the right decision. Or at least the best of the bad choices. You can’t wear the make up with Ace & Peter, and then bring out the clones; Eric and Tommy. It’d look a bit ridiculous. They could go without make up, but that counters everything they’re doing now, certainly since their induction is so much about the 70s era. Of course, if Bruce shows up, he won’t be wearing make up either. Plus I get tired of Peter & Ace feeling their entitled. They’ve been fired from the band multiple times. There’s a time to be gracious ex-members.

  • mkhnks

    It’s not right to ignore all those who wrote songs, played on records and toured as a member of KISS. People didn’t stop liking KISS when Peter and Ace departed, and their contributions shouldn’t be ignored in inducting the band into a hall of fame.

    Brian Johnson wasn’t disregarded in the induction of AC/DC, why disregard Vinnie Vincent and Mark St. John in the induction of KISS?

  • Eric McCoy

    Get over your ego’s and give us fans what we want. We are the ones that put you where you are. There will never be anything like the original KISS.

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