By John Jeffrey
This is SOOOOOOOOOOO ridiculous....
For YEARS, the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame has been purposefully ignoring and shitting all over KISS.
NOW, (according to Eddie Trunk FWIW), the main reason KISS are being inducted in 2014 is because their museums have become ghost towns and are hoping with added KISS exhibits and being able to sell exclusive KISS "HOF" merch, that it will bring revenue back their way by giving in and FINALLY letting KISS get inducted.
So then, while all of these KISS fans blame Gene & Paul for everything, they seem to be missing that it's the HOF that is the one calling almost all of the shots here...
Against what KISS (G&P) feels is right (that the whole entity of KISS should be inducted) are only allowing the original 4 to be inducted.
In Ace Frehley's first Eddie Trunk show phone call, he stated that the "Hall" requested the 4 original members to perform in makeup. While Gene stated he was open to a "one time" performance (never specifying in makeup or without) Paul said he will not perform with Ace & Peter (Criss) in makeup.
It sounds to me the HOF is being sticklers about a performance in makeup (even Ace stated in his recent Eddie Trunk show appearance that the HOF - not G&P - shot down his offer to do a nonmakeup celebrity jam of "NY Groove") and KISS compromised by offering a makeup performance with the current lineup.
While some fans who are obsessing about the original band in makeup and stating G&P aren't listening to "the fans," it sounds more to me that G&P aren't willing to bend over and do anything the HOF asks of them, and on top of it, A&P release pretty vague press statements that G&P "don't want them to play." Which doesn't seem to be the full story.
So now, G&P are refusing to peform at all and I feel bad for the (true) fans who booked plane flights and paid in the upwards of $500 to see KISS (any incarnation) perform and will get none of that. I wouldn't blame G&P if they didn't show up at all.
The "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" was and is a bunch of bullshit, as KISS, and we, their fans, are giving it more attention and creedence than it deserves.