After years of petitions, angry letters and actual protests outside the museum in Cleveland, KISS are finally entering the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year. The instant the news hit, many in the KISS Army wondered whether Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley would perform with estranged bandmates ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS on the big night.
RollingStone.com’s Andy Greene spoke with Frehley about the event. An excerpt is available below:
Q: Tell me your first reaction to the news that Kiss made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ace: “It’s such an honor. I’m so excited. I learned about it last night when my assistant called me. I didn’t sleep very well afterwards.”
Q: Did the news surprise you?
Ace: “It surprised me, but when I saw all the people we were up against I had a feeling we were going to make it in…It should be a great evening. I’m really excited and looking forward to the night.“
Q: You have no hesitation about walking back onstage with Paul and Gene?
Ace: “Not at all. I think it will be great. I think it will be great for the fans to witness and a lot of fun. I recently performed with Peter at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York for Eddie Trunk’s 30 years in broadcasting celebration. That was a lot of fun. I hadn’t performed with Peter in 12 years. We all still have it.”
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Joining KISS in the 2014 class of inductees are NIRVANA, PETER GABRIEL, HALL AND OATES, CAT STEVENS, LINDA RONSTADT, ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM, BRIAN EPSTEIN, and THE E STREET BAND.
Paul Stanley commented: “The spirit of rock and roll for me has always meant following the paths I choose regardless of what my critics or my peers think. For 40 years KISS has built an army that apologizes to no one and I’m honored to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame knowing we have remained true to ourselves and our fans.”
Said Gene Simmons: “To the KISS Army, Ace, Peter, Eric Carr, Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Tommy and Eric Singer, Bill Aucoin, Doc McGhee and to my partner of 40 years, the ever youthful Paul Stanley… and all the members of the KISS Family. This honor is for you. 40 years of Rockin’ and still going strong.”
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick states: “I woke up today with the amazing news that KISS has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame! Well it’s about time! I know the fans spoke, and they listened. When you think of how influential this band has been, and how KISS is so strongly loved by fans all around the world, those who run the R n R Hall of Fame finally got it right! Fans of KISS, this award is about you as much as the band. You could no longer be ignored! Now go crank up your favorite KISS album right now!”
The artists’ induction ceremony into the Hall Of Fame will take place April 10th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Complete details at this location. Check out a video report from Artisan News below: