KISS's PAUL STANLEY: 'There Was No Way I Was Going To Play' With ACE And PETER At ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

KISS's PAUL STANLEY: 'There Was No Way I Was Going To Play' With ACE And PETER At ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

In a brand new interview with Australia's News.com.au, KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley spoke about his refusal to perform with fellow KISS founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss during the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in April 2014.

"I enjoyed the Hall Of Fame in a twisted way," he explained. "It was a terrific night, but there was no way I was going to play with [Ace and Peter]. Frankly, I have too much pride in what I do than to create a moment of nostalgia for someone else."

He continued: "To get on stage with Ace and Peter was an interesting, surreal moment but nothing I wanted to prolong. It's like if you ever went back to an old girlfriend because you doubted your choice to leave, it only takes five minutes before you want to get back in your car and leave.

"Someone asked me before the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, 'Couldn't you just play with the original lineup again for one night?' And I said, 'How about spending a night with your ex-wife? What's the point?'"

Stanley also talked about his decision to discuss in depth what went wrong with KISS's original lineup in his autobiography, last year's "Face The Music: A Life Exposed". He said: "I didn't write anything to assassinate anybody's character. I wrote the truth.

"If someone asks you a question, you have to tell the reality as you know it. As you live it. I gave examples.

"I'm the first to say I didn't throw anybody under the bus, but some people walked under it.

"People connect the original lineup to a time in their lives. Neither one can you realistically go back to. You want to relive your past?! Well, try it. It doesn't really work. I certainly don't want to relive mine. Mine got me to here."

According to Stanley, he never took the time to read Ace's and Peter's own autobiographies. "On tour some people showed me a few pages," he said.

"People will think I keep taking potshots, but I keep getting asked about this and I give honest answers.

"In Ace's case, how can somebody who can barely remember what happened last week write a book? I'm not talking about today; hopefully, according to Ace, he's clean and sober. But there were certainly decades that he was anything but.

"When you have to call your friends to tell you what happened, is that really an autobiography? Or creative fiction.

"No, that was pointless."

He continued: "I think Peter's book began with him in an earthquake where the ground opened up and he had a gun in his mouth. Well, I know where he was living. The ground didn't open up.

"You gotta consider the source.

Stanley added: "A book can be a great opportunity to have an alibi or an excuse. If you choose to be a victim, then you will never accomplish anything you're capable of because your defeats and your lack of success will always be due to somebody else.

"It's very transparent to me. That doesn't only go for any guys that were in the band it goes for people in general. You're either a victim in life or you brush yourself off and say it's up to me.

"You're either a victim of your parents' good will or their mistakes or a victim of circumstances you create or you say it's time to change. It's all up to us. And we reap the rewards."

Read the entire interview at News.com.au.

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