Kiss vs. Kiss
Any member of the Kiss Army knows that the chances of a reunion between current members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and their estranged bandmates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are less than a snowball's chance in hell, but when the band got its long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, many fans held out hope that the group's original members set aside their differences for one ceremony performance. That hope lasted just long enough for Simmons to open his mouth: "The makeup is earned," the guitarist told Brian Hiatt in our March cover story. "Just being there at the beginning is not enough. . .You can't blame your band members."
In the article, Simmons pointed to Criss' and Frehley's penchant for drugs and alcohol for the rift in the band that led to its eventual breakup, though Frehley had other thoughts: "The real reason they don't want to perform with me and Peter is because the last time they did, they had to do a reunion tour," he said of Simmons and Stanley. "We play three songs, the fans go crazy. They didn't want to open up a can of worms." After some back and forth about allowing the current lineup (with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer replacing Frehley and Criss, respectively) to play, the group posted a note on its site that Kiss would not play in any incarnation whatsoever at the induction ceremony, "to bring this to a quick end." As promised, the original band members failed to set aside their differences and didn't perform at the ceremony (though they all did attend and accept their awards). Their verbal sparring continues to today.