They've been rocking out for four decades now, but for the first time since they formed in 1973, the band Kiss will appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
But it's not exactly the joyous occasion you might expect. The magazine chose to use a classic 1975 photo for the cover, featuring the four original members of the band, only two of whom are still apart of the group.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are currently in the midst of a feud with fellow founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, both of whom were gone from the band by the early '80s. The foursome were just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
But instead of putting aside their differences for the ceremony, Simmons and Stanley have refused to perform with their former bandmates at the band's April 10 induction concert.
Simmons and Stanley
"They no longer deserve to wear the paint," Simmons told Rolling Stone of Frehley and Criss. "The makeup is earned. Just being there at the beginning is not enough."
Simmons contends that the former members' drinking and drug problems are what forced their exit from the famed rock group, and that current members Eric Singer and Tom Thayer are more deserving of the Hall of Fame honor.
"If you blow it for yourself, it's your fault," says Simmons. "You can’t blame your band members. 'Oh, look what happened to me. Oh, poor me.' Look at my little violin. I have no sympathy."
The Gene Simmons Family Jewels star, who co-owns the rights to the Kiss name and makeup, admits, however, that he sometimes thinks about his former friends.
"I keep thinking about Ace and Peter. 'What are they doing now? Where are they?' It’s gotta be close to the end. How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?" Simmons tells the mag.
Frehley and Criss
The Hall of Fame induction has brought up mixed feelings for Criss. "I won't be disrespected," he asserts.
"How can you put me in the Hall of Fame and then tell me to go sit over there in the corner while another guy puts on my makeup and plays? That's an injustice, to the fans, too," he says of the induction concert.
Now that the ceremony is less than two weeks away, only time will tell whether the original line-up will perform together one last time.
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