|Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM|
Kiss mainman Gene Simmons has backtracked on his previous insistence that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss wouldn’t be allowed to take part in the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.
They were yesterday confirmed among the class of 2014 to be given the industry honour on April 10 in New York. Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will also be inducted.
Earlier this year Simmons said Frehley and Criss wouldn’t be invited to the ceremony. He compared his ex-bandmates to cancer and said: “How many chances in life to do you get? Those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they fucked it up.”
But the reality of induction, which comes 15 years after Kiss became eligible, seems to have changed his mind. Asked if the former guitarist and drummer could take part in the performance, Simmons tells Rolling Stone: “Sure, why not?
“They were equally important in the formation of the band. When you have kids with your first wife, you give kudos. The fact you got remarried doesn’t delete or minimise the important.”
But he emphasises: “Kiss is Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. It’s like, if you introduced me to your wife and I go, ‘Wait, where are all the other wives?’
“You can argue that point and we’ll figure everything out as time goes on. This one is for the fans. If the fans didn’t care, we wouldn’t be here. If it meant nothing to them, we wouldn’t be here.”
Meanwhile, Stanley has also acknowledged the contribution of his co-founding colleagues, telling Billboard: “Peter and Ace are undeniably at the beginning of the band. I wholeheartedly embrace and acknowledge Peter and Ace.”
He also makes it clear that, no matter what might happen at the Rock Hall induction, the current Kiss lineup isn’t about to be dismantled. “Giving anybody a sense that we would ever go back to that situation is totally off the table,” he states. “We’ve done that and it crashed for very similar reasons both times. Things have moved on.
“I say without any animosity and with all respect that we wouldn’t be here without what Peter and Ace contributed – and we wouldn’t be here with them today.”
Frehley predicts a reunion performance will take place, saying: “It’s going to be intense, but it’s going to be great.
“I don’t foresee any negative vibes. We’re the four guys that started the group and brought it into international success. We achieved what most people only dream about. I’ll never forget it, and that’s something nobody can take away from me.”