Iconic rock band Kiss were confirmed as 2014 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently, and almost immediately thoughts turned to the possibility of a performance.
With long-serving original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss no longer in the band, there was a challenging decision to be made.
Kiss have made a statement stating that there will be no performance as this impossible and emotional situation was a no-win situation, and this has elicited a response from Roman Fernandez giving Bill Aucoin's views.
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After conflicting reports about if there would be an appearance, and who it would be, including from Frehley and Criss themselves, the band finally released an official statement on their website:
"To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Out of respect, Ace and Peter's recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.
Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including present long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's point of view.
Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.
It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.
We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.
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.
To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour."
Following this, former manager Bill Aucoin's partner Roman Fernandez made the following statement via American Heavy Metal and Hard Rock DJ Eddie Trunk:
"I'm going on record.
I normally stand by the sidelines quietly watching the scrimmage in silence, but now, I feel I have to speak up.
My late partner, Bill Aucoin, bothered enough in 1973 to wager his entire career as a successful television producer and bet all the money he had, as well as money he didn't have, on 4 kids from the streets of New York. He unfortunately can no longer speak for himself on the subject of KISS and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bill Aucoin gave KISS their start, as well as some of the best years of his life. KISS would, in fact, despite all his other successes, come to define Bill in the eyes of millions of fans and in the eyes of the industry. An industry that to a great degree didn't give KISS the time of day when it mattered the most. No one did except for Bill, Sean Delaney and Neil (and Joyce) Bogart. All no longer with us except for Joyce. But, Bill and I spoke about this subject on several occasions before he passed.
Bill Aucoin was not the type to reflect in regret, and he harbored no animosity. But he was convinced that due to politics within the board of the Hall of Fame, the day would never come that saw KISS inducted. I'm pretty certain he was OK with that.
But had Bill been alive to see the day it was announced that the group would indeed, despite every notion to the contrary, be inducted, might have been a nice parting gift for him. But it's done. He's gone. It could have just as easily been Paul, Gene, Peter or Ace.
But they're still here. And I'm pretty sure this is what Bill might have said in light of all this nonsense: '(...unintelligible noises) Look it, find a compromise, put everything aside for one night, be the larger than life rock stars you know you are, and then ... Onward and upward!'
I don't believe Bill would begrudge any reasoning for the band members feeling however they may about one another. But, I also believe he would have recognized this as one singular night to put unresolved issues aside.
Bill is no longer with us. If Paul, Gene, Peter or Ace were not here, this conversation would not even be possible. Life is too short to waste such a precious opportunity. If for no other reason, do it for Bill Aucoin. And for Sean. And for Neil. Love to all members of Kiss past and present. Onward and Upward guys."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 10 in New York. Other inductees include Nirvana, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.
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