Now that Kiss is headed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Kiss Army is wondering who will and won't be part of the ceremony -- and in what capacity.
Though bassist Gene Simmons recently said that he would not play with estranged co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss if Kiss were to get the nod, he seems to have softened his position now that the induction is official, telling Rolling Stone, “Sure, why not? (Frehley and Criss) were equally important in the formation of the band. When you have kids with your first wife, you give kudos. The fact you got remarried doesn't delete or minimize (that).”
Frehley said he "absolutely" planned to be at the ceremony as well, while Criss posted a note on his website congratulating his bandmates and saluting Kiss' late original manager Bill Aucoin.
Frontman Paul Stanley, however, tells us that if he and Simmons were to play again with Frehley and Criss for the first time since 2002 and 2004, respectively, they don't want to give anyone the wrong impression:
“There's no getting around or nobody would want to get around the fact that Peter, Ace and Gene and I built a foundation which has stood the test of time and allowed us to build a monument for 40 years...Peter and Ace are undeniably at the beginning of the band, but the band wouldn't be around today if they were still here...We'll see where we go from here. The idea of...misleading or giving anybody a sense of that we would ever go back to that situation is totally off the table. I mean that just never would...We've done that twice, and with all respect it crashed for very similar reasons both times and things have moved on.”
Stanley and Simmons have both been open in the past about criticizing their former bandmates' substance abuse issues.
The current lineup of Kiss, with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, has been together since 2002 and has recorded two albums together.
Kiss plans to tour during 2014, which marks the 40th anniversary of the group's first two albums, as well as launch its L.A. KISS Arena Football League team.
Stanley will be publishing his autobiography, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed," on April 22.