Anthrax's Scott Ian Explains KISS Not Playing Rock Hall Induction
"Look, I've got Gene Simmons tattooed on my leg, so whatever Gene says is what goes," Ian tells WMMS Cleveland's Rover's Morning Glory show while promoting his spoken-word tour, "Speaking Words." "I'm a fan, just like everyone else, and would I wanna see, if I was going… I'm not going to the Hall Of Fame thing, so would I wanna see the four original dudes back in makeup one more time? Of course I would, as a fan. But bands don't do things dictated by what the audience wants. A band would last about a year if that's how you worked. You have to do things the way you wanna do them."
"KISS has been around for 40 years and are bigger now than they were in 1977 because Gene and Paul make smart business decisions - that's why," continued Ian. "So, as a fan, and if you love them, you have to abide by the decisions that Gene and Paul are making for their brand and their band. So, why people get so upset over these things, I really don't understand. Like, if they decided they were playing with [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer], so fine. That's what they're doing. This is their band. This has been the lineup for a long time now."
"I get it - those two guys [Tommy and Eric] aren't the guys who are getting into the Hall Of Fame [with Paul and Gene], it's Ace and Peter… you know, I get it," summed up the guitarist. "So I think they made the right decision now by saying, 'We're just not gonna play. You can't please everybody. We're just gonna shut it down and just not do it.' I get it. I understand." more on this story
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