Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Only Wanted Original KISS Line-Up Reunion

"It really is a can of worms that is better off left closed," says frontman.

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Paul Stanley has been speaking to Billboard (via HenneMusic) about the frosty relationship between KISS and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As the frontman notes, the band turned down the opportunity to perform because the Rock Hall only wanted to see a reunion of the original line-up:

"They wanted the original four guys to play, in makeup. But, honestly, I don't want to roll the dice and possibly negatively impact on what I personally have been involved in building for 40 years.

"I have too much invested at this point. It really is a can of worms that I feel is better off left closed. So there's been a lot of issues, and perhaps the best way to deal with them is to celebrate the four original guys and go there and get our award and to look past the differences that will always be there."

Stanley noted that although he doesn't see eye to eye with the organization, he will still be there to accept his award "graciously and vigorously:"

"It doesn't change the big picture," he adds. "We have differences and we will continue to have differences. It doesn't change who I want to play with and who represents KISS. There are a lot of people who are great inspirations to me, and still are, who are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and for that reason and the fact that fans want us in there, I graciously and vigorously will be there to accept the award. We should salute and enjoy an evening that celebrates what the four of us started. But there's always a lot of cloak and dagger stuff and a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes."

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    He didn't want to negatively impact the memory of KISS? If it makes him feel better, no one takes KISS seriously to begin with, so it's not really possible to negatively impact it.
    Von II
    Well, whatever they end up doing, I couldn't care less for the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". It's a commercial joke.
    reminds me That 70s Show in that one episode where Kitty and Red are having breakfast and they imagine Eric to be from KISS
    If i were Paul or Gene, id feel ashamed that i would let it go down in a "Hall of Fame" that i couldn't get it together for 1 night and give the fans of past, present and future something to enjoy. I only got into Kiss over the past 3 years and the acoustic reunion is amazing, they are denying the fans something to make a stupid point.
    Honestly, is it really that big of a deal to just throw on the make-up and play "Love Gun" for 3 minutes?
    I think they might have a surprise or two up their sleeve for this acoustic show on April 3. Similar to their '95 unplugged show.