KISS Made Nice at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . . . But They Still Didn't Play Together
KISS may not have played at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony yesterday, but they did play nice with each other while accepting their honor.
Most notably, GENE SIMMONS gave serious props to the two "long-retired" original members, ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS.
Even though he name-checked all the guys who played in the band after them, he said, quote, "However, we wouldn't be here today without the original fantastic four."
Then he added, quote, "To Ace Frehley whose iconic guitar playing has been imitated but never equaled . . . to Peter Criss whose drumming and singing and there's not a guy who beats the sticks who sounds just like Peter."
PAUL STANLEY was the only one who did anything really controversial, when he insulted the Hall of Fame itself. He said, quote, "[Fans] don't want to be spoon fed by a handful of people's choices.
"The people pay for tickets, the people buy albums, the people who nominate do not. Let's not forget that these are the people who make it all possible. We just benefit from it."
Inductees who did perform were Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, and the E Street Band . . . who were joined by Bruce Springsteen. Bruce, who inducted his backup band, was already put into the Hall of Fame on his own in 1999.
NIRVANA had to perform without Kurt Cobain, obviously. So Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear took the stage with four FEMALE singers.
Joan Jett sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit" . . . Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth sang "Aneurysm" . . . Anne Clarke, also known as St. Vincent, did "Lithium" . . . and then Lorde came out for "All Apologies". (Check out some videos here.)
It's interesting that they used four female singers and one of them was NOT Courtney Love . . . but whatever the reason for that was, everything seemed civil when she was onstage with the guys accepting their trophies.
Courtney even hugged Dave and Krist.
Also unable to perform was LINDA RONSTADT, who couldn't even make the ceremony because of her Parkinson's disease. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris and Glenn Frey performed in her place.
The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on May 31st.