Kiss cancels Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony performance
Iconic rockers Kiss have announced they will no longer be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April since they can't agree on a lineup.
The 40-year-old band will be inducted at the April 10 ceremony in New York City, but they will not perform as originally planned. According to published reports, a dispute arose between current and former members about whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss should perform alongside Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley instead of the current lineup with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.
The band stated that the decision to cancel the performance resulted from "an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone," according to the Kiss website.
"It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter," the statement at the website continued. "We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day."
Kiss closed the note with an acknowledgement of an impending 40th anniversary tour. No word yet on when that tour kicks off.