Finally, Kiss is getting inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is something Kiss fans have been aggressively campaigning on behalf of the band for many years. So, all is good in the Kiss nation right? Well, it’s not.
Normally, when a band is inducted, all members that are credited in the recording process are inducted; we as the CD buying public expect those same members to play a few songs for the audience. So as Kiss fans we are anticipating the original line up, with or without make up, to play a few songs.
As fans, we all figured there would be the usual drama from Gene Simmons about the four original guys getting up on stage and playing. However, as fans we should demand that the original four, plus all the former members play together. For example, Vinnie Vincent (love him or hate him) and Bruce Kulick have every right to be onstage. If Vinnie is not invited onstage to play a few COTN or Lick It Up songs, longtime fans will never go to another Kiss concert ever again! Bruce should get up and play during some sort of “Kiss medley” covering most of the non-makeup years.
Well TMT readers, in a bit of role reversal, it appears that Paul Stanley has had an official drink from the Gene Simmons Kool-Aid. Now the big uproar is due to some very stupid, idiotic comments from Paul Stanley saying he does not want Ace Frehley and Peter Criss on stage with them.
Here is what went down: Paul Stanley says that it "seems unlikely" that the four original members of the band will perform together at next April's Hall Of Fame induction.
Answering a question from a fan about whether there are any plans yet on wearing makeup with former KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the Rock Hall induction, Stanley said: "No way." Stanley was also asked if he, Gene Simmons, Frehley and Criss were going to perform together at the Rock Hall. "Seems unlikely," he replied.
So if he is ill-advised enough to say he does not want those guys, I guess he does not want Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent up there either. Would Paul have invited Eric Carr and/or Mark St. John if they were still alive? I honestly don’t think he would have. Gene is the only person to comment on Eric Carr and Mark St. John. He had kind words for them. Eric Carr died in 1991 at age 41 of heart cancer and guitarist Mark St. John died in 2007 at age 51 of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Paul also told Billboard.com earlier today: "Peter and Ace are undeniably at the beginning of the band, and we built a foundation which has stood the test of time and has allowed us to build a monument for 40 years, so today I wholeheartedly embrace and acknowledge Peter and Ace and, likewise, a lot of people who have been in the band and also standing by the band — and that includes the fans. But the idea of misleading or giving anybody a sense that we would ever go back to that original lineup situation is totally off the table. We've done that and, with all respect, it crashed for very similar reasons both times and things have moved on.
TMT readers, let me close with this: Paul….dude what is your problem? We are talking about performing a few songs at a once in a lifetime event, not a full-blown tour. I guess your thought process is messed up just like your singing voice. Hey Paul, don’t forget to turn on the Auto-Tune before you start singing that night.
Below are the two eras we really want to see perform for the Hall of Fame