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Ace Frehley Says He Was “Really Honored” to Be Inducted into Rock Hall; Knocks Paul Stanley’s Acceptance Speech

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesAfter all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS‘ four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor. Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was “really honored” to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley, who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees.

“I really didn’t like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he’s a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” explains Frehley. “I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted.”

Ace adds that “there was some political stuff going on,” which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event. “Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it,” he notes, adding, “I try to stay away from politics. I don’t think politics and music work. I never did.”

One of the big highlights of KISS’ induction was the passionate introduction speech Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello gave for the band.

“Best introduction KISS has ever gotten from anyone, bar none, over the 40-year career,” declared Ace. “I know Tom, and we spoke a few times before, but I didn’t expect something that elaborate and that insane…It was wonderful and I thanked him wholeheartedly after, back behind the stage.”

Frehley also praised Morello for lobbying hard to have KISS inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014. “Tom almost single-handedly is responsible for getting us in this year,” he notes.

Meanwhile, Ace had announced shortly before the ceremony that he planned to participate in the traditional all-star jam that usually takes place at the end of the annual event, but that performance was canceled because the bash ran long. Frehley revealed to ABC News Radio that the song he would have played was AC/DC‘s “Highway to Heck.” He explained that the tune was chosen because Bruce Springsteen — who was on hand to induct his E Street Band — had been playing it at some of his recent tour dates.

“It was nice because Tom Morello called me up and…gave me the link to YouTube and he goes, ‘This is the arrangement. This is the key,’” he recalls. “So I learned it. It took me about 10 minutes, and I said, ‘OK, I’m ready to go.’ And then, right before Nirvana came on, I get the word that [the song was cut].”

Ace also reports that he didn’t even get the chance to tell his old band mates goodbye at the end of the ceremony, because was he “was whisked away by my press people and did a ton of interviews.”

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Trouble in AC/DC Land? Rumors of Retirement Swirl

BMGIs AC/DC ready to stop shaking their fans all night long? Rumors out of Australia are suggesting that the band may call it quits due to the illness of a band member, allegedly guitarist Malcolm Young.

Sources close to the group tell Billboard that they’re “unaware of any break-up or change” in the band’s status. However, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the band could announce its retirement as soon as today because Young, who turned 59 March 31, is “unable to continue playing,” and the group made a pact that if one of them was unable to continue, they would disband.

Then again, The Australian quotes a music industry source saying AC/DC is scheduled to begin recording a new album in May in Vancouver.

So what’s really going on? There’s no word yet from any official band source regarding any of the speculation, but an unconfirmed blog post claims that three weeks ago, Young suffered a stroke that left a blood clot on his brain, rendering him unable to play as he used to.

AC/DC’s last album, 2008′s Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.

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Rolling Stones Announce Itinerary for Down Under Tour

Eagle Rock EntertainmentNew dates and venues for The Rolling Stones‘ recently postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been announced.

Earlier this month, the band announced its rescheduled Down Under tour would run from October 25 to November 22.

The promoter Frontiertouring now confirms the October 25 show will be at the Adelaide Oval and the November 22 concert will take place at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour also now includes two additional shows: a November 1 concert in Perth and a November 15 performance at the Hope Estate Winery in Australia’s Hunter Valley. Ticket info at Frontiertouring.com.

The Stones had arrived in Australia last month in preparation for the tour kickoff when news of the suicide of Irish Jagger‘s longtime girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, on March 17 led the rockers to shelve the trek.

Next up for The Rolling Stones will be a series of recently announced European shows, running from a May 26 visit to Oslo, Norway, through a July 3 appearance at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival.

Here are the 2014 Australian and New Zealand tour dates:

10/25 — Adelaide, Adelaide Oval10/29 — Perth, Perth Arena11/1 — Perth, Perth Arena11/5 — Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena 11/8 — Macedon, Hanging Rock 11/12 — Sydney, Allphones Arena11/15 — Hunter Valley, Hope Estate 11/18 — Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre11/22 — Auckland, Mt Smart Stadium

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New Book Gives Candid Look at Rolling Stones’ 1971 UK Tour

Da Capo PressA new book offering an insider’s look at The Rolling Stones‘ 1971 “farewell” tour of the U.K. before the band went into tax exile is set to be published on May 13. Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile is author Robert Greenfield‘s firsthand account of what he witnessed as the only journalist who accompanied the legendary rockers during the trek.

Greenfield, who’s a former associate editor of Rolling Stone magazine’s London branch, got to witness the band at a volatile time in its history, a period where the once-close relationship between Irish Jagger and Keith Richards had begun to fray. The U.K. tour found The Stones traveling throughout the country by train and bus, while the group performed at relatively small venues. These shows featured some of the first performances of classic tunes that would appear on the soon-to-be-released Sticky Fingers album, including “Bitch,” “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar.”

Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye also features Greenfield’s recollections of his interactions with the band after the British trek ended. This includes on the band’s subsequent 1971 European tour, at recording sessions for the Exile in Main St. album in France, on the group’s 1972 North American trek and during the recording of the Goats Head Soup LP in Jamaica.

The book also includes new interviews with a variety of Stones associates involved in the 1971 U.K. tour, and features eight pages of rare archival photographs.

Greenfield has written several other rock-music-themed books, including Exile on Main Street: A Season in Heck with The Rolling Stones, S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with The Rolling Stones and Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out.

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Nirvana Bass Player Calls All-Female-Fronted Rock Hall of Fame Performance “Good Tribute to Kurt”

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn a blog post on Monday, entitled “Punk Rock Gender Parity,” Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic called the band’s set last Thursday at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction — in which a succession of female rockers stood in for late frontman Kurt Cobain — a “good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

“I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well,” Novoselic writes. “This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

He continues, “It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way.”

As previously reported, fronting a band comprised of Nirvana’s surviving members, Jett performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” St. Vincent performed “Lithium,” Sonic Youth‘s Gordon performed “Aneurysm” and Lorde sang “All Apologies.”

The final song was a particular stand-out for Novoselic. “I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing,” he noted.

HBO will air an edited version of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 31.

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