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Paul Stanley of KISS Slams Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Calls Institution "Elitist"

Brian Lowe/KISS Catalog Ltd.Don't expect Paul Stanley to "KISS" up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now that he and his band mates are set to be inducted into the institution.  The singer tells the U.K.'s Classic Rock that he doesn't feel honored to be included in the Hall.

"Their attitude is elitist and it doesn't reflect the public," Stanley says.  He adds that the Rock Hall's vote to induct KISS -- more than 15 years after the band first became eligible for the honor -- "was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us."

Stanley's attitude doesn't mean that he'll boycott the ceremony or throw a tantrum when he gets on stage, though.  "It means a lot to the fans and I understand it because it's validation for them," he maintains.  "So for that reason I accept graciously and accept on their behalf."

KISS fans hoping for an onstage jam with Stanley, Gene Simmons and original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss might be disappointed.  Though Stanley says he thinks that the two estranged members "deserve and belong up there," he adds that when it comes to actually plugging in and playing, "I have no plans at the moment...and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else.  My plan at the moment is to go and accept the award.  Anything else, we'll see how it unfolds."

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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