guitarist Ace Frehley
recently spoke to Revolver
magazine about the band's controversial announcement that no members of KISS
will be playing at the April 10 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
induction ceremony in Brooklyn.
"Originally, the Hall Of Fame
asked all four of us to do a reunion and that was presented to each original member who is being inducted," Frehley
said. "Then some time went by, and I heard a couple weeks back that Paul
guitarist/vocalist] and Gene
bassist/vocalist] decided to perform with Tommy
] and Eric
]. And I had gone on the Eddie Trunk
show earlier, about a month prior to the last time I went on, and I was saying, 'Yeah, it would be great if we did a reunion.' It was shot down, but I think I led the fans to believe there was going to be a reunion. With tickets going on sale the following Monday, I decided to go on Ed Trunk
's show a couple weeks back when I was in Las Vegas recording. I just wanted to let the fans know that last I heard, Paul
decided not to perform with me and [original KISS
] and opted to perform with Tommy
. It got a lot of people pissed off, but I had to lay it out because I didn't want fans buying tickets for an event they weren't going to see.
"Last I heard, there's going to be no performance.
"There has been a lot of negotiating behind closed doors and I'm sworn to secrecy. But last I heard, there's just going to be no performance. I don't know what the reason is. And at this point, I don't care, because it was renting so much space in my head, it was affecting my creativity and finishing up my record."
He continued: "I've been reading stuff on the Internet and Paul
have been insinuating that maybe Peter
and myself don't have it anymore, which is a load of crap. We proved otherwise at [last October's during the all-star jam at the 30th-anniversary party for VH1 Classic 'That Metal Show'
co-host Eddie Trunk
's radio show at the Hard Rock Café in New York City], but aside from that, it's very misleading. I think somehow they wanted to validate the current lineup. I don't have a problem with the current lineup. It is what it is — it's half a KISS
cover band. But the event at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
is about the four original members. Nobody else is being inducted except the four. If [current KISS
, guitar] and Eric
, drums] were being inducted as well, along with Bruce
] and Eric Carr
and Vinnie Vincent
— yeah, why not.
Asked why the Hall Of Fame
didn't nominate everyone who has been in the band, Ace
said: "I don't want to take any potshots at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
. It's a cool organization. But it is what it is. Obviously, Paul
] brought out the inconsistencies [in recent interviews]. They bend their own rules. I don't want to get political, though, because I hate politics. I've always said to keep politics and music separate."
have chosen to have Thayer
dress up as Criss
' and Frehley
's respective "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas (designs owned by Simmons
after the band's 2002 "Farewell"
dates, saying afterwards that he took the word "farewell" seriously.
claimed that his contract with KISS
wasn't renewed in March 2004.
Both charges have been disputed by Gene Simmons
and Paul Stanley
The 29th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10 at Barclays Center.
The television broadcast will premiere on HBO
on May 31.
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