Source: www.nydailynews.com - Adam Edelman
Here are a few highlights from original KISS members Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley`s Rock Hall induction speeches tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn:
"This is a profound moment of all of us. We are humbled that the fans ever gave us the chance to do what we love doing," says Simmons.
Simmons continues: "To Ace Frehley whose iconic guitar playing who’s been imitated but never equaled ...to Peter Criss whose drumming and singing and there’s not a guy who beats the sticks who sounds just like Peter. Something happened 40 years ago, I met the partner and brother I never knew I had, Paul Stanley. You couldn’t ask for somebody more awesome to work with."However, we wouldn’t be hear today without the original fantastic four," he says.
Bless Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, they just aren't as good at speaking, though Criss does get emotional talking about surviving breast cancer and Frehley celebrates seven years of sobriety.
Frehley has trouble reading his speech: "“I have a speech, but these aren’t prescription so I can’t read," says Frehley of his glasses. ROCK!
Well, so much for Kiss exiting stage left without controversy. Stanley takes the opportunity to slam the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself.
In particular, Stanley slams the committee selection process - one that kept the band out for a number of years despite their huge album sales and longevity. "(Fans) don’t want to be spoon fed by a handful of people choices," says Stanley. "The people pay for tickets, the people buy albums, the people who nominate do not. Let’s not forget that these are the people who make it all possible. We just benefit from it."