Paul Stanley On Kiss Rock Hall Induction: 'They Treated Us Like Crap'
Over five years after Kiss' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul Stanley is still seething about the Hall's treatment of the rock icons. Stanley, who is in the midst of Kiss' "The End Of The Road World Tour," has just published his second volume of memoirs, titled Backstage Pass, via the Harper One imprint.
Stanley -- who even before the band was nominated -- had voiced a multitude of issues with the Rock Hall's alleged overt bias against Kiss, took further issue with the fact that the Hall in a strict decision only inducted the original members of the band -- Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss -- despite the fact that several legendary members of the band undoubtedly also deserved induction along with the co-founders. As it turned out, the co-founders appeared at the event and were cordial to each other and reverent to the fans -- but true to the Stanley and Simmons' word, they did not perform.
According to Blabbermouth, Paul Stanley appeared on Florida's WHOG-FM and spoke candidly about Kiss' 2014 Rock Hall induction at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, recalling, "It was validation for our fans, who it meant the world to. Tom Morello did just a brilliant job. It was vindication in the sense that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame kept us out for 17 years, and were really left with no choice but to begrudgingly let us in. They treated us like crap, even that night. We had trouble -- how about this? -- getting into the arena. We had no idea about the rundown of the show or when we were getting on stage. It was disgraceful what they did, but we won. It's the story of Kiss from the beginning -- that people who believed in themselves and who were told that what they were doing wasn't worth anything and wouldn't succeed came out on top."
Paul Stanley admitted to us at the time that his contempt for the Rock Hall had been brewing for quite some time: "It starts (laughs) decades ago, it starts years ago that it’s 14 years on and we’re getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a clear indication that the people who hide behind that moniker don’t like us. And it clearly reached a point where it was so absurd and ludicrous that they caved. The part is, as I’ve said before that I’m most proud of, is the same criteria that kept us out is now getting us in -- we didn’t change. But, when I feel that we’re being treated unfairly and that the rules, clearly, are no rules, 'cause they don’t apply to everybody, and the criteria for how and who gets in based entirely on a personal like or dislike, I have issues with that."
Kiss performs tomorrow (June 4th) in Berlin, Germany.
The band kicks off its next North American leg on August 6th Sunrise, Florida's BB&T Center.