Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ace Frehley & Peter Criss Will Not Perform With KISS At Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

KISS will not perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss this April. Ace Frehley called in to Eddie Trunk's radio show on New York's Q104.3 on Friday night and stated the following:

"I don't think KISS fans are gonna be too excited and happy about the news, 'cause at this juncture, Paul and Gene have decided to perform with Tommy and Eric, and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it and I won't be performing at this juncture, at this point right now. The last time I was on, it was a very exciting and happy call and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was very excited about having the four original members who are being inducted to perform at the ceremony and that was shot down by Paul and Gene. And now it's kind of, like, if I'm not gonna put on the makeup and do a three-song reunion for the fans, then what am I gonna do? And right now I'm not even sure if I'm gonna show up or not, you know?! I'm at the tail end of [making my new solo] record… and this has just been a thorn in my side, because every day there's a different story: 'Yeah, maybe you can come and get up and do 'New York Groove'. And if you don't do it with KISS, you can do it with a celebrity lineup.' And that was shot down. It's very frustrating. It's also distracting my attention from the most important thing right now that I'm doing, is working on music and creating. So it's very frustrating and a little disheartening. It was very important that I let the fans know that because the tickets are going on sale on Monday, and I didn't want people buying tickets thinking that they were gonna see a KISS reunion, and then be disappointed. It's a shame. I know its what the fans wanted. I know it's what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wanted. It's not gonna happen and you know, I'm a little disappointed. The gloves are off, Ed. I'm working on my second book. I've got my new record. What will be in the future will be. No matter what happens, I'm fine. And I'm having fun. And I'm creating great music. My life's great. And I can't let any negativity… I've gotta just let it roll off my back and continue doing what I've been doing...making great music. You don't want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you, its something the fans wanted, its something the RHOF asked of all four of us, they shut it down. It is what it is. I don't completely understand it but those guys do a lot of things that don't make sense to me. I asked the RHOF if I could get up and perform New York Groove with Peter or a celebrity band, and they shut that down. I don't make these decisions and the RHOF is a bunch of guys sitting in a room trying to make sense of whatever. If I show up, it'll be for the fans. It is what it is. I can't let it run too much space in my head, I'm finishing up a record, I'm going through the mixing process, it's going to be a great record its just unfortunate that I'm up and excited about all this and I have to be distracted by the RHOF and these idiots that don't want to do this for the fans. It doesn't make any sense to me. Like they say in the bible: "What you sow, you reap." I don't even want to talk about it anymore. I'm in a situation where I feel helpless now, because the RHOF is kinda shutting me out, Paul and Gene are shutting me out, and I'm the one getting inducted. I have no idea and it doesn't make total sense to me, but ya know. I'm just one guy, ya know. And it's unfortunate for the fans, we're being inducted because of the fans, and I feel like the fans are being let down, and I'm upset about it, I've gotta be honest with you. But I'm trying not to let it get to me because, like I said, I've gotta finish my record, and I've gotta think positive. And I wanna move forward. But it's upsetting."
Peter Criss' wife also called in to the radio show and told Eddie that Peter is also not allowed to perform with KISS either at the Rock Hall induction ceremony.