The Kiss/Rock Hall of Fame Kontroversy

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman talks about Paul Stanley's remarks about KISS' induction.
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Updated on's Andy Greene filed a report yesterday on Paul Stanley's very public displeasure with the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame's handling of his band's induction this year. Stanley is upset that only the original four members of Kiss are being inducted.

"I don't need the Hall of Fame," Stanley told Rolling Stone. "And if there's not reciprocity, I'm not interested. The Red Hot Chili Peppers—practically every member was inducted—and virtually all 175 members of the Grateful Dead. Rules need to apply to everybody."

The Rock Hall's President and CEO Joel Peresman countered Stanley's "sniping" by saying, "I totally understand his point of view. What he's failing to understand is that there are certain acts that are nominated and brought in on their entire body of work—up until the day before the nominating committee meets. They are still evolving bands that are breaking new ground. With Kiss, there wasn't a single person we spoke to that didn't feel the reason these guys were being inducted was because of the four original members. It's an incredibly unique situation. I can't think of another band, outside of Gwar, that has members that are dressed up in costumes. You basically have these new members that are replicating exactly and playing the music that was created by the two other members that are being inducted."

To its credit, Kiss has invited current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer to sit at their table, along with former guitarist Bruce Kulick. "I appreciate how Tommy and Eric have filled in and the way they do things," says Peresman. "They are fine musicians, and I'm sure they're lovely guys, but they are basically replicating the two members that are getting inducted. How could we have asked Ace and Peter to accept the award and then have other people in their guise playing their music? They probably wouldn't have even come. They were very clear about that."

See the original KISS lineup play ABC's In Concert in 1974