A day after former guitarist Ace Frehley revealed that the original lineup of Kiss would not be performing together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, it has been announced that there won’t be any version of the group playing at the event.
“To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” the band announced on their official website. According to the statement, the group were willing to perform alongside founding members Frehley and Peter Criss, but wanted other veterans of the group — such as current lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, current drummer Eric Singer, and former members Bruce Kulick and the late Eric Carr — to be involved and / or inducted as well.
Stanley recently revealed to Classic Rock magazine that the Hall of Fame refused to let anybody but the four original members be inducted. “It was shut down immediately as ‘a non starter,’ which to me is arrogant.”
Updates: Criss has also weighed in on recent events, declaring, “This is disgraceful.” Metal guitarist Chris Impellitteri offered his two cents as well, stating that the band should get their ‘heads and egos out of your a—!” in an open letter.
The band’s official statement appears in full below:
To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: