Original Makeup KISS at Hall of Fame Was a 'Nonstarter,' Paul Stanley Explains

"I still believe heart and soul of this is a band, the music is imperative," the frontman adds.

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Discussing the latest RN'R Hall of Fame drama and the band's refusal to perform at this year's induction, KISS frontman Paul Stanley stressed that the idea of the band playing in original lineup under makeup was a "nonstarter."

Chatting with LA Times, Stanley kicked off by discussing the work ethic of KISS and the fact that the band is frowned upon by a portion of fans for often stepping outside the music domain.

"I still believe the heart and soul of this is a band. The music is imperative," Paul noted. "Maybe our horizons are broader because we have an opportunity to go other places. Why not? Whether it's a football team or restaurants, people say that's not rock 'n' roll.

"Let me tell you what's rock 'n' roll: Winning is rock 'n' roll," the frontman concluded.

Switching to the Rock Hall matter, Stanley said, "The naysayers, and some of them are loud, talk about Tommy [Thayer] or Eric [Singer] being impostors. I think an impostor is a guy up there doing it for a paycheck. We've never been happier."

Gene Simmons was quick to chip in, adding, "Imagine getting onstage and playing with a lineup that does not exist."

Showing the interviewer a set of photos from the group's worldwide arena shows, Gene explained: "Can you see the faces? That's about 90,000. You see a bald head in there? You think they ... about Ace and Peter? They're going, 'Who?' We've been around 40 years, and only two members stayed there the whole time, never quit, no drugs, no booze. KISS is bigger than anybody in the band."

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    Why can't everyone that has been in KISS just come up on stage and play with them? An all-star sendup to all the musicians that have contributed over the years. It's a nice way to pay homage to the past and present. If the ex-members choose not to participate it's their wish versus not being invited at all. It will bring some closure and all the KISS fans will get to see their favs. Win-win
    Understandably a lot of people are disappointed by their decision, but there's a fair bit of tension between the two camps (Paul/Gene and Ace/Peter) and the former camp don't seem to see it as much of an honour so perhaps it was a bit much to ask. It'd be kind of like if Pantera were getting inducted and people were expecting Vinnie to suddenly be willing to share the stage with Phil again.
    KISS fans love Peter and Ace, and it is a big disrespect to not play one more time with them. I would support Bruce, and Eric being inducted as well.
    That last quote from Gene made him sound like such a massive c*nt. Way to just totally discredit Ace and Peter, *******. No one is going "Who" at their names, Gene, you are. All the fans want them back, but no, you've decided to hate them because they were being young rockstars.
    You mean most loudest fans want them back. Recently I've been to couple their shows and just out of curiosity asked people there (quite a lot of them) whether they know that the band doesn't two originals members, etc. Some knew, some didn't but ultimately almost no one cared. Yes, I miss Ace, and Peter (but only for vocals, his drumming is no way near Singer's) but if they can't get along I don't mind.
    Also Paul, if Tommy and Eric are not doing it for the paycheck, I have to ask you to publicize their employment contracts. Surely they must have equal or near equal voting status with Gene and Paul? Lol.
    "I think an impostor is a guy up there doing it for a paycheck" oh so Gene Simmons is an imposter then? Also isn't it slightly ironic that Paul states that the "music is imperative" yet in the next line he goes on Football teams and restaurants...surely as musicians they should be thinking about music, not new ventures that could fill their pockets. Seriously KISS is just a joke now. Also they could at least show some respect towards Peter and Ace and acknowledge their contributions towards them getting where they are now.
    "Let me tell you what's rock 'n' roll: Winning is rock 'n' roll," said Charlie Sheen.
    nothing kiss has produced post 1979 is worth a pinch of shit anyway. SPACE ACE forever
    Ace and Peter were the best members of Kiss, No I could care less if Paul or Gene died. Winning is not Rock and Roll Paul Stanley. sooooo FUCK YOU Mr.Paul Stanley!