Six, and possibly 8, musicians now set to perform and the grand gala.
By Blurt Staff
Ending a standoff and a war of words that threatened to undermine the very foundation upon which the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame was built, Rock Hall organizers have decided that at this year’s induction ceremony, both the original AND current members of KISS will be able to take part. Recall that when this year’s inductees were announced it was only going to be Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley being honored, but Simmons and Stanley insisted that the two musicians currently holding down the “Cat” and “Spaceman” positions in the band, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, also deserved recognition. The Rock Hall initially said no, leading the band to announce they wouldn’t necessarily boycott the even but they would not perform.
“We recognize the achievements of Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace,” the Rock Hall announced, in a press release, “but now strongly feel that Tommy and Eric have a rightful place in history as well. We look forward to finding out who ‘those other guys’ are that filled in during the early ‘90s, too.”
Simmons, characteristically, gloated at the news, appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show and announcing that a “The Rock Hall is finally sucking my dick and I plan to splooge all over its fat bald head.” He added that all six musicians “and maybe 8, if we can remember who those other guys were that filled in during the early ‘90s” will appear onstage for a medley of classic KISS hits.
Rock critic Dave Marsh, a voting member of the Rock Hall and longtime critic of KISS, cast the lone dissenting vote, saying in a statement, KISS “added not the slightest musical value to rock.”
Below, watch the band perform their ode to the Motor City, “Detroit Rock City.”