Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform the AC/DC classic “Highway To Hell” during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame‘s signature all-star jam at the end of the ceremony on Thursday night (April 10).
During an appearance on yesterday’s (Tuesday, April 8) edition of a “The Artie Lange Show” on DIRECTV‘s Audience Network and SiriusXM satellite radio (see below), Frehley stated about how his participation in the jam came about: “I was taking my fiancée to the doctor and I was waiting in the waiting room and I get a call from [RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist] Tom [Morello]. He goes, ‘Hi, Ace‘. He goes, ‘You wanna jam at the end?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ So I’m gonna jam. I don’t know if anybody else [from KISS] is. I haven’t heard. I don’t care.”
He added: “I really wanted to perform [the classic Russ Ballard song] ‘New York Groove’ [which appeared on Frehley‘s 1978 solo album]. Here we are in New York, it was my big hit, and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame said, ‘No, you can’t do ‘New York Groove’.”
Morello will induct KISS into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Joining KISS in the 2014 class of inductees are Peter Gabriel, HALL & OATES, Linda Rondstadt and Cat Stevens, while the E STREET BAND (Bruce Springsteen‘s backing group) will be given the Award For Musical Excellence.
All four members of the current lineup of KISS will attend the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. They will be accompanied at their table by guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played in KISS during from 1984 to 1996.
KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have refused to perform with fellow co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the induction ceremony, unless the current members of KISS can also perform.
Current KISS members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will not be inducted along with the band’s original lineup, a decision by the Rock Hall which has angered Simmons and Stanley.
Simmons and Stanley have chosen to have Thayer and Singer dress up as Peter Criss‘ and Ace Frehley‘s respective “Spaceman” and “Catman” personas (designs owned by Simmons and Stanley).
Frehley left KISS after the band’s 2002 “Farewell” dates, saying afterwards that he took the word “farewell” seriously.
The 29th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The television broadcast will premiere on HBO on May 31.