KISS’ Paul Stanley Slams Rock Hall As “Spineless Weasels”

KISS frontman Paul Sanley has slammed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone chief Jann Wenner and “the rest” of the higher-ups at the Rock Hall as “spineless weasels,” claiming he and the legendary rock group were treated like “uninvited guests” during last week’s induction.

Stanley was openly critical of the RRHOF in the months leading up to KISS’ induction and said during his acceptance speech that the band was being “inducted for the same things that we were kept out for,” before lambasting the institution for its nomination procedures and induction policies.

“The people are speaking to the [RRHOF], and what they’re saying is they want more. They don’t want to be spoon-fed with a handful of choices. The people buy tickets, the people buy albums, the people who nominate do not. Let’s not forget that these are the people who make it all possible.”

Stanley’s speech was otherwise amicable, though KISS did not perform during the ceremony. The frontman has now taken to Twitter to air his grievances about alleged mistreatment during the evening. Addressing Rolling Stone‘s official Twitter account, Stanley wrote, “Our treatment at the RRHOF confirmed my worst suspicions. [Jann] Wenner and the rest are spineless weasels.”

Stanley claimed that “Wenner and his RRHOF made sure to treat us as uninvited guests. No passes. No schedule and on.” He added, “We were great and he remains a small man.” Meanwhile KISS bass player Gene Simmons also took to Twitter to take shots at Wenner’s iconic music magazine.

Simmons mocked Rolling Stone‘s original negative review of Led Zeppelin’s debut album, published in 1969. “Rolling Stone. Idiots then. Idiots now,” he wrote. He then posted a link to a video for the band Christopher Milk, of which the review’s writer, John Mendelsohn, was a member.

Watch: KISS Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speeches

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