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Peter Criss Says "I Never Thought" KISS Wouldn't Play at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Image courtesy of Eric Stephen Jacobs (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Eric Stephen Jacobs (via ABC News Radio)

KISS  fans are reeling from the news that the band will not be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and they're not alone --  Peter Criss  was also shocked by the news.  The original KISS drummer tells ABC News Radio, "When I heard that the original lineup of KISS was being inducted, [I] only thought, "I wonder what songs [we'll] choose and where we would rehearse...I never thought we [wouldn't] play together."

On Friday night, former member  Ace Frehley  claimed on a syndicated radio show that  Gene Simmons  and  Paul Stanley  rejected the idea of a reunion with the original lineup.  The band denied that was the case, and issued a  statement  on its website that said, "Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time [sic] 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."

KISS says it made the decision to not perform at all because of an "emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."

On his official  website , Peter Criss called the decision "disgraceful." 

Regardless of his feelings about his former band mates' actions, Criss admires the tenacity of the members of the KISS Army.  He tells ABC News Radio, "We have the greatest fans any band could have because without them fighting for us we would not be inducted.  For me personally, I am honored as a musician to be among some of the greats of rock 'n' roll.  I am part of the foundation that KISS still stands on to this day [and] I am very happy we are being recognized."

When asked by ABC News Radio if he is still open to the possibility of playing at the induction ceremony, Criss says, "I was always open to playing with Ace, Gene and Paul.  I thought we would.  [Apparently] I was wrong."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 10 induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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