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Paul Stanley: Kiss miffed at Rock Hall over snub
By MESFIN FEKADU , AP Music Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Stanley of Kiss wants to shout it out loud: The band is miffed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer along with the original lineup.

Kiss is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock Hall on April 10 in New York City. But Stanley said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that he doesn't think the Rock Hall is being fair and that the organization has altered their rules for other acts.

"We have continuing issues with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, starting with the fact that they chose to only induct the original lineup when that's hardly the case with other bands," he said from Los Angeles.

"In the Grateful Dead's case, (they) also inducted a writer who never played an instrument," said Stanley, referring to Robert Hunter's inclusion when the band was inducted in 1994. "Or they've inducted rap artists, or they've inducted people who have been in the band for seven years as opposed to ... 25 years or 20 years — whatever their criteria of this week is."

A representative for the Rock Hall didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. Acts become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.

Kiss wrote on its website last month that it would not perform at the Rock Hall induction.

The original members from 1973 — Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley — are scheduled for induction. Criss left the band in 1980 and Frehley left in 1982. Other members joined during the 1980s, but the current lineup includes Singer, who joined in 1992, and Thayer, who came on board in 2003.

Stanley, 62, said the Rock Hall "tried to strong-arm us into playing in original lineup," but the band would not do so.

"Their craving of nostalgia or for wanting to have us play by their rules in many ways jeopardizes what we have spent 40 years building," he said. "I've been there since the beginning, and when I put on my Kiss gear, I do it with great pride, and anything that may jeopardize that by going out with a lineup that I might question is a nonstarter for me."

Thayer and Singer should be inducted, he said, because they "have been in the band for decades and played on multiplatinum albums and toured the world."

He ended with this: "So, in this case, very clearly the tail doesn't wag the dog, and Kiss is a big dog, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a small tail."

Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens will also be inducted at the 29th-annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center. Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein will receive Ahmet Ertegun awards, a nonperforming honor. And Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band will get an award for musical excellence.

The event will air in May on HBO.



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Mar 21, 2014 1:48PM
KISS is being recognized by the Hall of Fame for the songs they produced with the original line-up, which is the right thing to do.  Stanley has his panties caught up his butt because he's pissed that Frehley and Criss left.  So now he says they won't play at the induction ceremony.  Perfect.  We won't have to endure those costumes and god-awful songs again.  Send their awards by Postal Service and be done with them.  
Mar 20, 2014 9:16AM
If they're gonna be that picky, what about Bruce Kulick & Eric Carr?
Mar 17, 2014 1:15PM
OH and where the hell does the RnR people get off saying who can play in a band and who can't. It's NONE OF THEIR DAMNED BUSINESS. Idiots.
Mar 16, 2014 3:16PM
Gene Simmons is a bum. Paul Stanley is just as bad. Do the damned set with Ace and Peter and that's it. That's who all of us old school fans want to see. Let Peter sing Beth one more time with you and let Ace shred a solo on Shock Me, the do Rock n Roll All Nite and y'all go your separate ways...AGAIN....Ace Frehley & Peter Criss were there to help catapult KISS to the top. Nothing against your current line up, they're not Ace & Peter.
Mar 16, 2014 2:15PM

As a group of clowns who played instruments is how Kiss will be remembered. That should be in a Hall of Fame? Puhleeeeeese. Every time I see "Simmons" call himself a rock star I try to not puke. Best scene I ever saw in a movie is Gene Simmons playing a creep very like himself, where the hero jams a hand grenade into his (Simmons') mouth and pulls the pin and the grenade goes off ending the "kiss" problem forever.

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