Verbal wars continue to rage between KISS and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Paul Stanley is lashing out at Rock Hall CEO Joel Peresman after the latter called some of Stanley's remarks about the Hall "borderline racist" in a recent radio interview. Stanley has responded via radio.com, saying that Peresman "is clearly reeling from my exposing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for what it is. He's doing damage control. But he's obviously never had an adversary who could articulate a point of view like I could."
Stanley added that some of Peresman's comments were based on comments bandmate Gene Simmons made, and he called the racist remarks "ridiculous. It's an act of desperation and I understand it. And Joel Peresman is, quite honestly, a pencil pusher, and he's in a position of being able to voice the point of view of an organization which is questionable at best...He's clearly grasping at straws."
Stanley also noted that the Rock Hall is "clearly running out of their critics' darlings" to induct "and now, unhappily, they're having to look elsewhere. How many times can they nominate Connie Francis? The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an opportunity to celebrate everything that is rock and roll, instead of a few people's point of view, which, clearly, doesn't reflect the public. I'm the hugest Laura Nyro fan, but does Laura Nyro belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I'm not so sure. I would have to say no. Patti Smith? Give me a break! What has Patti Smith ever done besides singing a song that Bruce Springsteen wrote most of?"
Stanley and Simmons were unhappy that the Rock Hall would only induct the four original KISS members and none of the group's subsequent musicians and responded by choosing not to perform at the April 10 induction ceremony in Brooklyn. The ceremony is currently airing on HBO, while KISS is gearing up for its summer tour with Def Leppard that begins June 23 in Salt Lake City.