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kiss-return Bill Aucoin’s former partner, Roman Fernandez, has released the following statement regarding KISS and the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony:

“I’m going on record.

I normally stand by the sidelines quietly watching the scrimmage in silence, but now, I feel I have to speak up.

My late partner, Bill Aucoin, bothered enough in 1973 to wager his entire career as a successful television producer and bet all the money he had, as well as money he didn’t have, on 4 kids from the streets of New York. He unfortunately can no longer speak for himself on the subject of KISS and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bill Aucoin gave KISS their start, as well as some of the best years of his life. KISS would, in fact, despite all his other successes, come to define Bill in the eyes of millions of fans and in the eyes of the industry. An industry that to a great degree didn’t give KISS the time of day when it mattered the most. No one did except for Bill, Sean Delaney and Neil (and Joyce) Bogart. All no longer with us except for Joyce. But, Bill and I spoke about this subject on several occasions before he passed. Bill Aucoin was not the type to reflect in regret, and he harbored no animosity. But he was convinced that due to politics within the board of the Hall of Fame, the day would never come that saw KISS inducted. I’m pretty certain he was OK with that.

But had Bill been alive to see the day it was announced that the group would indeed, despite every notion to the contrary, be inducted, might have been a nice parting gift for him. But it’s done. He’s gone. It could have just as easily been Paul, Gene, Peter or Ace. But they’re still here. And I’m pretty sure this is what Bill might have said in light of all this nonsense: ‘(….unintelligible noises) Look it, find a compromise, put everything aside for one night, be the larger than life rock stars you know you are, and then…. Onward and upward!’

I don’t believe Bill would begrudge any reasoning for the band members feeling however they may about one another. But, I also believe he would have recognized this as one singular night to put unresolved issues aside. Bill is no longer with us. If Paul, Gene, Peter or Ace were not here, this conversation would not even be possible. Life is too short to waste such a precious opportunity. If for no other reason, do it for Bill Aucoin. And for Sean. And for Neil. Love to all members of Kiss past and present. Onward and Upward guys.”


  1. Fuck what Howard Stern says about KISS! He himself has been irrevelevant ever since he started sucking Rosie O`Donnels fat ass a few years ago! He used to be great but its obviously time for him to retire

  2. Such a true statement by Roman. Unfortunately gene & Paul insist on being douchebags and refuse to do what the fans want. Gene & paul are nothing but a bunch of low life wig wearing losers that constantly put out terrible records as an excuse to continue touring and cash in on the shameful kiss sheep. Real kiss fans would not put a dime towards this wig wearing circus we call fake kiss. Paul’s voice is atrocious and the band has to play a step down due to his horrible vocals. Kiss has never sounded this bad live. They are ripping the fans off with these horrific performances and horrible albums. Kiss is done! Time to focus on aces New album…………………….

    1. We all have our opinons but that was waaaaaaaaaay to harsh. You certainly dont sound like a real fan…ever or on any level. Totally rude, immature and unconstructive. Were you a bully in school? Or just a troll? Comments like yours give all of us a bad name. I saw Kiss on their last tour in St. Louis and they were actually very tight and Pauls voice was fine. Who are you to tell someone else to quit. YOU run out and get Aces new album. Grow up dude.

      1. It’s the truth. I don’t see how what I said was out of line. I think kiss is a joke now unfortunately. The wigs,merchandise,bad performances, and records are unbearable. This version of kiss offers nothing new. Every line up before the current one had there own style, music, and identity. This lineup is just a terrible retread from the past.

  3. Aucoin?…..where did the millions from the merchandising go? I think Kiss had enough of him. Sure Paul’s vocals suck and Gene & Paul wear wigs and Singah & Thayah wear somebody elses war paint…but look at the faceless no-names out there getting 9.000+ per night….I’ll take Kiss ’14 anyday.

  4. this man has said some wise words that all of us could use at times like this and indeed we all should look at opportunities such as these and do whatever means necessary to put whatever negative feelings or problems on the back burner for now and try to remember that a lot of factors got you to the place you are today and although it was Paul and Gene that came together with an idea, it was also many others that put in their share, be it managers, company owners, producers, engineers, road crews, and of course the fans without whom paid for your product and without all these factors coming together, KISS wouldn’t be where they are now.

  5. I do hope they work it out and play together. I have no expectations they will reunite and tour. I do think peter and ace have burnt those chances. Please don’t be like Eddie Van halen and cheat yourself and the fans of this..

  6. Puts it all into perspective,
    KISS is bigger than the sum of it’s parts and they should all set aside their differences and celebrate together in song for the fans.. all members of KISS past and present. Unmasked and out of costume.

    Please sign this petition to get some attention and possibly make them change their minds..

  7. Knowing Bill as long as I did, (and the original KISS members) this was exactly what Bill would have said, AND how Gene and Paul would have reacted. BUT, they aren’t the only band in the history of music who’ve been through this same crap. Egos can really change someone and fame can be the main culprit of an ego. Gene was, first and foremost, a business man, and a savvy one at that. Peter and Ace’s (and Bill’s) excesses were the threads that unraveled these relationships. I don’t believe Gene or Paul had any idea or intention that it was going to get so bad that the band would have to make the drastic changes it did. But they were the members who kept it going. Use your common sense. How did Gene and Paul keep the brand of KISS going if Ace and Peter were such an integral part of the group? I’m not taking away their importance or their contribution, not at all. But if you have a job, and it’s imperative that you be able to DO your job, but you can’t…wouldn’t you expect to be fired?
    Where did the money go? Stupid question. The excesses of sex, drugs and rock and roll will drain anyone’s financial resources. If you haven’t figured that out maybe you should stick to Asian violin players. As for opinions that the current lineup sucks, or they wear wigs, or whatever your “gripes” are, remember, these guys are in their 60’s. They are attempting to recreate the original group, visually, because that’s what their “schtick” is. They were never known to be great musicians, but they did and still do, put on a great show. Sold out shows across the world kinda proves it…You can have your opinions but don’t state them as facts. Great interview Roman! See you soon!

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