But are they “real artists?”
The ad was apparently shelved because focus groups weren’t too keen on Stanley’s role.
While taking shots at Jann Wenner, Patti Smith and others, Stanley reaffirmed his speech at the Rock Hall induction ceremony and clarifies that it was Gene Simmons, not him, who said those ‘borderline racist’ comments.
Over the weekend, HBO aired this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which included the long-awaited induction of KISS. There was a lot of speculation as to how that would go down in the weeks leading up to the event given that there was lots of sniping in the press between founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (who are both still in the band) and Ace Frehley and Peter Criss (who are not).
“We are humbled.” – Gene Simmons (really!)
“They don’t belong in the band, and they don’t belong in a position to represent the band.”
Rock critic Dave Marsh has some thoughts about “the hottest band in the world.”
They caused about $40,000 worth of damage.
Your primer on “the hottest band in the world.”
Simmons and Stanley released their statement on the matter over the weekend.