Just a few hours ago, KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The induction was well overdue (15 years after they were eligible, to be exact), and came amidst a lot of drama (and we mean a lot of drama). But despite all of that, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss stood on the same stage together at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center tonight to accept the honor. While they took a few jabs at the Hall Of Fame for taking their good old time inducting the band, the four were in good spirits and well behaved, making it clear that the night was first and foremost about the fans. And while it’s a shame that no version of KISS actually performed, at least the “original fantastic four” (as Simmons himself put it) put aside their differences to be a part of the festivities.
While the ceremony won’t air on HBO until May 31, fan filmed footage of the original KISS lineup’s acceptance speech has already made its way online. Watch all four members’ speech above.
UPDATE: Below is video of the four original members of KISS (along with Tom Morello, who inducted the group into the Hall Of Fame) in the press room.