Today (April 7), CBS This Morning aired their interview with KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, who discussed the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as his relationship with longtime partner in crime Gene Simmons and ex-bandmates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.
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“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is fluff, it’s a farce,” he told Anthony Mason. “We are the bitter pill that they ultimately had to swallow. They don’t like us. The only reason they’re inducting us is because they began to look foolish at some point, for not having us in.”
Stanley also gave his take on Simmons, the man, the myth and his friend. “He’s this guy who everybody sees as the brains behind KISS. Really, what he is, is the mouth behind KISS!,” Stanley explained. “I always tell people he lives two minutes away [from me] and I can see his ego from here!”
But while he’s still close with Simmons–not only do they still lead the band together, but now they’re co-owners of a football team, the L.A. KISS–the same isn’t true for the other founding members of the group.
“They don’t belong in the band, and they don’t belong in a position to represent the band,” he said of Frehley and Criss. “We were asked by the Hall of Fame to have the original members to put on the makeup and play with us. We’re not other bands! We have a uniform that represents who we are. If the original lineup goes up for the sake of nostalgia, for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I run the risk of negatively impacting what I’ve spent 40 years doing.
When asked why they wouldn’t do it one more time for old time’s sake, his response was, “How about for old times sake, you go back and spend the night with your ex-wife? You wouldn’t make good music!”
— Brian Ives, Radio.com.