Odds & Ends: KISS, Willie Nelson, Hole

Gene Simmons discusses which members of KISS are going to attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony … Willie Nelson’s on-stage mascot – Ol’ Dillo – is returned after being stolen again … Courtney Love says she’s reuniting with her former Hole bandmates.

Although the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is leaving out current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, just about every surviving member of the band will be at the April 10 induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone that he and Paul Stanley asked Thayer and Singer, as well as guitarist Bruce Kulick, to sit at their table at the ceremony. Kulick was part of the make-up-free lineup from 1984-1996.

The only surviving member who won’t be there is former guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who Kulick notes is “kind of the Howard Hughes of KISS.”

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Waldbühne Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Rolling Stone reported that Singer told the magazine in March that he didn’t “care about attending, but if Gene and Paul say, “No, we want you there,’ no problem. I’m there for you guys. I’m there for Gene and Paul and Tommy.”

Multiple members of the band, which has chosen not to perform at the ceremony, have previously talked to the press about how it’s not fair that Hall of Fame will only be inducting the original members: Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.

After posing for a blurry Facebook photo with Eric Erlandson in late December, Courtney Love now says she, the guitarist and the rest of the former Hole lineup have been rehearsing her new material.

“I started playing with Patty and Melissa and Eric, just to see how that was,” Love told The Quietus. “We already played like three or four times in the last week.”

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Theatre Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.

Love, Erlandson, bassist Melissa Auf der Maur and drummer Patty Schemel reunited on stage in 2012 at a showing of the documentary “Hit So Hard.”

The lineup’s last album together was 1998’s Celebrity Skin. Schemel quit Hole in 1998, followed by Auf der Maur’s departure the following year. Erlandson and Love announced that Hole was calling it quits in 2002.

Six months after it was stolen from the stage during a Willie Nelson show in Port Chester, N.Y., the stuffed armadillo known as Ol’Dillo was snatched once again following Monday’s gig in Henderson, Nev.

And just like the Port Chester armadillo-napping, the critter was returned in a box. The armadillo – who belongs to Nelson’s monitor engineer, Aaron Foye – hangs out during Nelson shows as an unofficial band mascot.

The Associated Press reports that Ol’Dillo disappeared after the Henderson show while fans were talking to Nelson. 

Photo: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, Paul Citone/AP
Standing his ground while Willie Nelson performs in Henderson, Nev.

Nelson’s crew asked the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort to look through surveillance footage for signs of the armadillo. According to the AP, an “apologetic man” drove up to the Henderson resort Tuesday morning and handed Westin marketing director Matt Boland a shoebox containing the armadillo. Ol’Dillo is now on its way back to the band.