Corey Taylor Calls Out KISS For Petty and Ridiculous Rock Hall Drama

"Can you guys just put aside your petty issues and realize that without one another you wouldn't have been able to do this?" Slipknot/Stone Sour man hits out.

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Corey Taylor showed having some words of advice for Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS.

As Taylor told (via AntiMusic) in a recent conversation, he feels the two KISS principals should let bygones be bygones and perform at their upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction with fellow KISS founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Simmons and Stanley have stated they won't do that.

Taylor was speaking with regarding an upcoming feature on the late, great Ronnie James Dio, but the conversation veered toward KISS. "On one hand, you're stoked, being a KISS fan," Taylor said of the group's Rock Hall induction. "But on the other hand it's like, can you guys just put aside your petty issues and realize that without one another you wouldn't have been able to do this? Can you just set stuff aside and do one show for the fans as the original lineup again? And then you never have to see each other again!"

"Just do one thing, because without those two guys," Taylor said, referring to Frehley and Criss, "the other two guys [Simmons and Stanley] wouldn't be where they are! And that's just me layin' it straight! I might not ever get a kind word from anybody in that band anymore. But I think it's petty and I think it's ridiculous! Figure it out! Show respect, because sometimes it's not about you, it's about the fans."

He does, though, understand how difficult it can be to let bygones be bygones. "It's just one of those things, that's how far off the reservation sometimes we get. You gotta remember, we're musicians ... we're just crazy people who can't get along sometimes. I've definitely come to the table with my knife in my pocket a couple of times, you know how it is. It's part of being human. Now, add fame and money and all that rock and roll craziness to it. We're lucky we don't eat each other in this industry!"

Taylor's criticism comes from the fact that he counts himself as a fan of the band. "KISS was a huge influence, I can remember walking around when I was in Kindergarden or first grade with Peter Criss makeup on. I was huge KISS fan. There was such mystique, and they were the perfect blend of rock and roll and Marvel comics. I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who grew up during that time who is in a band who wasn't a KISS fan. And if they say they weren't a fan, they're probably lying."

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    I don't think anyone could have said it much better..
    Yeah he's spot on with what he said here. There's way too much bitching and falling out in the world of music these days. Far too much emphasis on the drama and far too little on the actual music. A lot of bands would do well to remember why they started playing in the first place and focus on that.
    Thank f for Corey for bringing this up, it's a nuisance.
    I would never have expected that the frontman of Slipknot would ever be someone I'd call one of the few voices of reason left in music.
    I'd rather Gene and Paul change their minds RIGHT NOW, or everyone can shut up about it and just move on. I'm not criticising Corey in particular for adding his own two cents, but as a whole it's just getting silly.
    I'm eager for everyone in that rockstar era to die. So sick of hearing about petty dramas and elderly opinions from 41 year old bands in 2014
    I'm quite a big fan of Slipknot, but I can't help think that there's a little irony in what he says (thinking about how Joey got fired, when he was a founding member). But still, it's good that he said this.
    how is that related to the fighting that has struck kiss?
    Hey, I was saying that there's a little irony. I was not saying that the fighting in Slipknot was more or on par with KISS. All I was doing was saying.
    Well.. think about it, man.. Would you disregard the advice of a rehabilitated drug addict when advising you against a life of addiction? Or would their past experiences serve as influence to what they're saying? Sometimes you have to live it to truly understand it, even if you haven't completely overcome the issue yet. 'sides, he's acknowledged that this applies to him as much as others - it's all about the maturity of identifying the situation for what it is. Then again, what do I care - I don't like either band. I just think his words ring true, regardless of how much I may dislike Corey otherwise.
    As far as I've seen they've been pretty discrete (and it seems legally bound to silence) about the whole thing. As far from drama as it gets really.
    matteo cubano
    it would only be ironic if Slipknot was inducted and Joey and them refused to perform together
    I was just thinking the exact same thing, Fire Jordison for no real reason apparently yet criticize Kiss just because hes a fan lawl. What a clown
    I can't believe he agreed to go as peter criss nobody wants to be peter criss not even peter criss
    Well Im a metal fan and musician, but I have never been a KISS fan and Im not lying. Like any other band around for 25+ years, they have a few songs I like or have liked, but Ive never considered myself a fan of the band. I did like a lot of Ace's solo work though. I just can't respect them, when they show no respect for the music or the fans.
    I grew up loving KISS and still do, even if deep down I know they only care about the $120 ticket I may or may not buy to see them play. There have been many versions of the band and the current one is just what it is, the current one. I would love to see Ace and Peter get up there and do their thing but if not ahhhh well! But just don't dicks about it.
    HA! - This coming from the guy whose band just sacked their most talented member! Douche!
    Gene correctly calculated that this stunt would get them far more publicity than simply graciously accepting the honor would, and we all know he's ALL about publicity. And Paul obviously just goes along with whatever Gene says. Why are only the original four members being inducted? Well, because it's only those early albums that got Kiss in there. Sorry Gene and Paul, but it wasn't work like Hot In the Shade and Sonic Boom that got you in the Hall of Fame. :rolls eyes: