KISS stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have decided that since they can't please all the former members of the band and come up with a performance lineup for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April, they won't perform at all.
"Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including 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," Stanley and Simmons wrote in a letter on the band's official site on Sunday.
"Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace (guitarist Frehley) and Peter (drummer Criss) 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."
Frehley and Criss had made their opinions on the potential of a reunion that didn't include them performing prior to the news, and Frehley accused Simmons and Stanley of planning to leave them out.