Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is denying ex-bandmate Paul Stanley's accusations that he doesn't like Jews.
Just days before the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Criss vehemently denied allegations Stanley makes in his new memoir that he and original guitarist Ace Frehley were vocal anti-Semites.
Criss told TMZ.com he supports all religions and his favorite aunt was Jewish.
Stanley and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons are both Jewish.
In Stanley's new book, "Face the Music: A Life Exposed," Stanley wrote, "Ace and particularly Peter felt powerless and impotent when faced with the tireless focus, drive and ambition of me and Gene. As a result, the two of them tried to sabotage the band -- which, as they saw it, was unfairly manipulated by money-grubbing Jews."
Right. Who would ever accuse Kiss of being in it for the money? They're all about the soaring musical and spiritual high they get writing songs called "Love Gun."
The band's strained relations have been on public display for months, ever since it was announced they were headed for the rock hall. Stanley and Simmons are irate over Criss and Frehley's replacements Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer not being inducted. Criss and Frehley are upset that Simmons and Stanley invited them to play at the induction, but only alongside Singer and Thayer.
Yes, these are the kinds of problems society must deal with in this challenging century.
"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn't like us," Kiss co-founder Stanley told The New York Daily News last week. "It's not a coincidence that it took us 14 years to get in while some rap artists have been there quite a while."
"We are a bitter pill for them to swallow and they decided to make that pill as small as possible by having the four original members, and negating the fact that there are members today and past members who have played on multiplatinum albums and world tours," Stanley said.
Right. Go ahead and name a memorable Kiss song from the past 20 years and get back to us. We'll wait.