Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian shared his two cents on the KISS Rock Hall drama, giving rock icons kudos for making the right decision.
Discussing the band's choice to ditch the Hall of Fame performance with WMMS, Ian noted, "I'm a [KISS] fan, just like everyone else, and would I wanna see, if I was going ... I'm not going to the Hall of Fame thing, so would I wanna see the four original dudes back in makeup one more time? Of course I would, as a fan. But bands don't do things dictated by what the audience wants. A band would last about a year if that's how you worked. You have to do things the way you wanna do them."
The guitarist went on to say that KISS are now bigger than back in the '70s mostly thanks to smart tactics from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. "KISS has been around for 40 years and are bigger now than they were in 1977 because Gene and Paul make smart decisions - that's why," he said (via Blabbermouth).
"So, as a fan, and if you love them, you have to abide by the decisions that Gene and Paul are making for their brand and their band," Ian continued. "So, why people get so upset over these things, I really don't understand. Like, if they decided they were playing with [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums], so fine. That's what they're doing. This is their band. This has been the lineup for a long time now. I get it - those two guys [Tommy and Eric] aren't the guys who are getting into the Hall of Fame [with Paul and Gene], it's Ace and Peter ... you know, I get it."
In conclusion, Scott added, "So I think they made the right decision now by saying, 'We're just not gonna play. You can't please everybody. We're just gonna shut it down and just not do it.' I get it. I understand."
In related news, KISS have announced a retrospective acoustic show one week before tha Hall of Fame ceremony. More info here.