KISS will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April – but they will not take the stage to mark the occasion.
The long-running hard rock band had to cancel its performance after band members could not come to an agreement on which version of the lineup would take part in the induction ceremony, according to Billboard.
Specifically, a consensus could not be reached regarding whether or not original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley would re-joining Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for the performance. Instead, some thought the current KISS lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would take the stage.
A statement on the band’s website announced the scrapping of any performance at all, due to the touchy nature of the situation:
To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Out of respect, Ace and Peter’s recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.
Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s point of view.
Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.
It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.
We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.
KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.
This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.
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.
We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.
In lieu of a KISS Hall of Fame performance, here’s a classic video from the band.