The problem? Deciding which incarnation of KISS would perform. In a statement released Sunday, members of the current version of the band said they wanted “to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members” who have played with the group over the years.
“KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands. This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.”
In response, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation's chief executive, Joel Peresman, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “We very much wanted a performance by KISS and are sorry to learn they have declined to play. We look forward to honoring them at the 2014 induction ceremony along with Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham and The E Street Band.”
In 2012, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose famously boycotted his band's induction and refused to perform, and then wrote a letter of apology to disappointed fans a short time later.
Still, this year's ceremony, to be held April 10 in Brooklyn, is a little over six weeks away. That could be enough time for all concerned in the latest flap to KISS and makeup.
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