KISS frontman Paul Stanley has commented on "VH1 Rock Honors", the first-ever show to pay homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock. This year's celebration honors the music and influence of JUDAS PRIEST, KISS, QUEEN and DEF LEPPARD. Premiering on Wednesday, May 31 at 9:00 p.m., "VH1 Rock Honors" was taped Thursday, May 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will include performances by all of the honorees as well as tribute performances by GODSMACK (who are paying tribute to JUDAS PRIEST), FOO FIGHTERS (QUEEN) and THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS (DEF LEPPARD). Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and ex-GUNS N' ROSES axeman Gilby Clarke joined an all-star band consisting of Rob Zombie (vocals), Slash (guitar; VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Tommy Lee (drums; MÖTLEY CRÜE), and Scott Ian (bass — yes, bass; ANTHRAX) for a rendition of the KISS classic "God of Thunder" as a tribute to KISS. Meanwhile, QUEEN guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor made a surprise appearance with FOO FIGHTERS, who were paying tribute to QUEEN at the event.
Commented Stanley: "The atmosphere between the bands was all smiles and hugs. It was so relaxed and everyone was really happy and excited to see each other and play together. We all had stories to tell each other and catching up to do. I thought all the bands' performances left no doubt why they were being honored. There was actually talk among some of us of touring together! I have to say the best was seeing Ace. It was like being with family. He's a wonderful guy to be around. He's healthy, looks great and is playing really great. I'm very happy and proud to see him this way. It couldn't have been warmer or more upbeat between all of us. Of course he belonged there with us and I was so glad he wanted to be there! Also, him playing 'God of Thunder' with Rob, Slash, Tommy, Scott and Gilby...How cool is that? We spent a lot of time together at the show and the after-party. It couldn't have been more positive all around. He told me how great we sounded and how wild it was to be able to see KISS without being up there. We took lots of photos together and laughed a whole lot. An awesome night!"