The debate continues over who should be included with KISS in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Rock Hall is only inducting group's original members, which frontman Paul Stanley says reflects a long-running bias against the band. But the Rock Hall's Joel Peresman tells "Billboard" the decisions are made by a group of people, and it isn't "an exact science." He adds that KISS is "a unique situation," since the band is four characters created by the original members. Peresman says subsequent members didn't create new characters with "different makeup" and play "different songs," but just stepped into the roles established by Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
However, Stanley says in a website post that there's "no getting around the reality" that the Rock Hall shows "favoritism and preferential treatment towards artists they like." He specifically points to former KISS members Bruce Kulick and the late Eric Carr, who recorded multi-platinum albums with KISS and performed with the band without makeup, while the Grateful Dead's induction included "a songwriter who was never in the actual band." Lyricist Robert Hunter, who was a frequent collaborator of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, was inducted with the group. Keyboardist Vince Welnick was inducted as well, even though at the time of their induction he'd only been in the Dead for three years and hadn't recorded a studio album with the band.
I tend to agree with Paul Stanley on this one. As another example, ALL of The Eagles were inducted into the Rock Hall, not just the original four. Here's Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter in the glory days...