Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will be recognizing their former bandmates at the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony next April at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Among the other inductees in the 2014 class are Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Cat Stevens. Although Simmons has sworn off ever reuniting with Kiss co-founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, he tweeted a heartfelt message to all past and present members of Kiss congratulating them on the honor: “Congratulations to Ace-Peter-Eric Carr (RIP)-Vinny-Mark (RIP)-Bruce-Tommy-Eric Singer & my partner Paul. And mostly, to The KISS ARMY.”
Seeing as how Simmons thanked former members Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick, many fans are already bracing themselves for a possible performance of all living members of Kiss at the Rock Hall. Drummer Eric Carr died in 1991 at age 41 of heart cancer and guitarist Mark St. John died in 2007 at age 51 of a cerebral hemorrhage.
- Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone: “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?’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, I was married to them and now I’m here.'”
- He went on to say that he was open to performing with Criss and Frehley at the ceremony, stating: “. . . 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 minimize the important. Hey, ‘You have gave birth to this thing, Kiss, with Ace, Peter, Paul and Gene.'”
- We asked Paul Stanley who we could expect to be onstage on April 10th performing at the Rock Hall induction ceremony: “It’s way too early to get into that. Y’know, today is really, for us, a day to celebrate everything Kiss has been and is. There’s no getting around, or nobody would want to get around, the fact that Peter, Ace, Gene, and I, built a foundation, which has stood the test of time and allowed us to build a monument for 40 years. So today is a day I wholeheartedly embrace and, y’know, acknowledge Peter and Ace — and likewise, a lot of people who have been in the band and also standing by the band — and that includes the fans.”
- We asked Stanley who, if any, of the past and present members of Kiss he’s spoken to since hearing the news: “I’ve only spoken to Gene and that will get remedied and rectified today. ‘Cause this is a day to celebrate and a day where I want to make sure that everybody who’s due a congratulations and a little time remembering what we’ve done and what we’re doing, will be contacted.”
- Paul Stanley went on to tweet that his memoir, Face The Music: A Life Exposed is set for publication April 22nd, also posted about reaching out to Peter Criss: “We just spoke with Peter. Whatever ongoing issues, no way to not share in celebrating what we started 40 years ago. “We just spoke with Peter. Whatever ongoing issues, no way to not share in celebrating what we started 40 years ago. “
- The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
- The 2014 Ceremony will again be open to the public, as it has been for the Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland in 2009 and 2012, and Los Angeles in 2013. This will be the first time that the ceremony will be open to the public in New York City.
- Tickets will go on sale to the public in January. A pre-sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will take place in advance of the public on-sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum member by December 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Exact sale dates will be announced in January. Details at www.rockhall.com.