WASHINGTON, April 12, 2014 – Kings of the night, the 70’s Rock Icons KISS, fresh from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rocked 30 Rock performing King of the Night Time World for Fallon’s enthusiastic audience.
KISS ‘ induction is not without controversy. The Star Child, frontman, guitarist and original member Paul Stanley has released his memoir Face the Music: A Life Exposed exposing the dish behind the band, including allegations that original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who are no longer playing with Stanley and Gene Simmons, were anti-Semitic.
Stanley claims Criss and Frehley resented Stanley and Simmons, who are both Jewish, for their dominant roles in the band.
“As a result, the two of them tried to sabotage the band — which, as they saw it, was unfairly manipulated by [us] money-grubbing Jews,” Stanley wrote in Face the Music: A Life Exposed. Stanley told the tabloid his assertions of anti-Semitism were “based on years and years of interactions.”
Criss has denied Stanley’s allegations and Frehley said in a Rolling Stone interview:
“We’re brothers in rock & roll. The press seems to amplify the fact that we hate each other, and we really don’t. We’ve had our differences over the years, but every rock & roll band does. Tonight, it felt like I had just left those guys the other day, and they were very gracious considering what we’ve been creating over the last 40 years.”
Even though they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band did not perform because past and present members could not agree on who would take the stage. Simmons and Stanley are currently touring with new members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss where interest in playing the ceremony, however Simmons and Stanley decided that not performing was the best idea, calling it “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.”
Due to Stanley public’s commendation of the Hall of Fame, calling it a ‘farce’ playing King of the World to an enthusiastic Fallon crowd may not have been a second best option.
Fallon has been attracting music icons to the stage including a duet with Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) during which Fallon offered yet another brilliant impersonation, this time of Heartbreakers’ Tom Petty.