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KISS continues Rock Hall debate in first 'Rolling Stone' cover story

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The war of words between the current and former members of KISS continues as their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction approaches. 

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have said they would only perform at the ceremony if all band members -- past and present -- were included.  But original drummer Peter Criss calls that disrespectful.  He tells Rolling Stone it's "an injustice" to be inducted and then told to "go sit over there in the corner while another guy" puts on his makeup and performs.  

Simmons -- in a separate interview -- says "the makeup is earned."  He explains that "just being there at the beginning is not enough," and neither Criss nor former guitarist Ace Frehley "deserve to wear the paint" anymore. 

Meanwhile, Frehley -- in his own conversation with Rolling Stone -- suggests there's actually another reason Simmons and Stanley don't want to perform with him and Peter.  He says when the original band performs "the fans go crazy," and Gene and Paul "don't want to open up a can of worms."  Ace recalls that the last time the four of them played together Simmons and Stanley "had to do a reunion tour." 

KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th.  The band is marking their first time on the cover of Rolling Stone with the next issue of the magazine, which will be on newsstands this Friday.

 

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