(hennemusic) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame only wanted the original KISS lineup to play at the band’s induction in New York next month, and that’s one of the reasons he and partner Gene Simmons turned down the offer to perform.
“They wanted the original four guys to play, in makeup,” Stanley reveals in a new interview with Billboard. “But, honestly, I don’t want to roll the dice and possibly negatively impact on what I personally have been involved in building for 40 years. I have too much invested at this point. It really is a can of worms that I feel is better off left closed. So there’s been a lot of issues, and perhaps the best way to deal with them is to celebrate the four original guys and go there and get our award and to look past the differences that will always be there.”
“It doesn’t change the big picture,” he adds. “We have differences and we will continue to have differences. It doesn’t change who I want to play with and who represents KISS. There are a lot of people who are great inspirations to me, and still are, who are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and for that reason and the fact that fans want us in there, I graciously and vigorously will be there to accept the award. We should salute and enjoy an evening that celebrates what the four of us started. But there’s always a lot of cloak and dagger stuff and a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes.”
Stanley also continues to question the validity of the Rock Hall. Read what he said about that here.