By now the KISS Army are aware that the band’s induction into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Fame was marred by some serious infighting. The dispute centered around founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s desire to perform with band-mates past and present, including current drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer. The Hall of Fame were only honoring the original line-up that included Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, and wanted to limit the new member’s involvement. The whole matter gets complicated (our experts have broken it down here in great detail) but in the end, the band did not end up performing during the ceremony. It’s sad that the disagreements got in the way of the music, and some of rock’s luminaries took the time to weigh in on the whole ordeal!
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Stevie Nicks, who recently announced a tour with formerly estranged Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie, had some strong words for the band. “You will be sorry later that you didn’t just go and do it because it’s important.” Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, no stranger to band beef himself, chose a more positive outlook. “Tonight isn’t about what didn’t happen, tonight is about what did happen. KISS, after a long way, are in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Fame.” Later that night he presented the band with their Hall of Fame statutes.
For more, watch the video above! And for an insiders view on the controversy, watch this bonus-length discussion with Peter Criss during his recent appearance on That Metal Show.