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Anger at Rock Hall
Paul Stanley of Kiss wants to shout it out loud: The band is miffed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer along with the original lineup.
Kiss is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock Hall on April 10 in New York. Stanley told The Associated Press on Friday that he doesn’t think the Rock Hall’s decision is fair or in line with how other bands have been treated.
A representative for the Rock Hall didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment. Acts become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.
Kiss wrote on its website last month that it would not perform at the Rock Hall induction.
The original members from 1973 – Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley – are scheduled for induction. Criss left the band in 1980 and Frehley left in 1982. Other members joined in the 1980s, but the current lineup includes Singer, who joined in 1992, and Thayer, who came on board in 2003.
Stanley, 62, said the Rock Hall “tried to strong-arm us into playing in original lineup,” but the band would not do so.

Kiss, Def Leppard to tour together this summer

– Kiss and Def Leppard are joining forces for a summer tour.

The legendary bands will embark on a U.S. tour June 23 in West Valley City, Utah. They will play more than 40 dates, including Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; and Tampa, Fla. The tour includes a stop at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville on Aug. 22 before wrapping Aug. 31 in Woodlands, Texas.

Tickets go on sale Friday, with Live Nation pre-sales starting today.

“You have two bands who to one degree or another have stood the test of time and put them together and you’ll have a great night of music,” said Paul Stanley of Kiss in an interview. “We’re living in a time now where everyone wants more for their money, and that’s understandable. So, when you can get two bands to collaborate together, we couldn’t pick a better band for this tour than Def Leppard to go out with us.”

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott said it’s not likely the two bands will perform together.

“We’re not jam bands either of us,” Elliott said in an interview from Dublin. “It’s very theatrical what Kiss does to a lesser extent obviously ’cause we don’t do the makeup thing, our show runs like a military operation for sure. It’s not like the Grateful Dead and Phish touring or something.”

Kiss and Def Leppard are partnering with various military companies for the tour to support U.S. troops, including the United Service Organizations Inc. and Hiring Our Heroes.

Kiss will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. This is Kiss’ 40th anniversary.

Elliott will release a new album with his band Down ’N’ Outz called “The Further Adventures Of …” on April 21. He said Def Leppard recently went into the studio to write new music.

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