KISS won Rolling Stone‘s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame vote this year, which gives them a ticket to Cleveland and a place at this year’s induction ceremony in April. However, don’t expect everyone to get the makeup back on and play a few of the old hits: the band have confirmed that they will not be playing at the Rock Hall induction ceremony in New York City.
In a statement issued to the press, both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley said that the band would not be performing because they could not determine how to properly incorporate every one of the band’s members into a performance. Simmons and Stanley are currently touring with a version of KISS that includes new members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, but original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss both expressed interest in playing the ceremony. Calling it “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone,” Simmons and Stanley decided that not performing would be the way to go.
This is hardly the first time a band with an acrimonious past has refused to get back together for the Rock Hall induction. Two years ago, Axl Rose refused to join the original members of Guns’ n’ Roses for their induction, while the Sex Pistols eschewed the ceremony altogether and called the Rock Hall “a piss stain.”