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The photo you thought you'd never see: KISS in the Rock Hall of Fame

The 10-year-old inside all of us is happier this morning: KISS is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. People said it'd never happen. Critics said it'd never happen. Hell, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley swore it'd never happen. And yet, here they are on Thursday night, even pretending to smile.

"We are humbled to stand up on this stage," Simmons said at the ceremony in New York, though like the true demon he is, he didn't mention the other band memmbers by name.

Stanley took the opportunity to poke the Hall: "For our fans, this is vindication. ... KISS was never a critics' band, KISS was a people's band."

And, of course, Gene and Paul refused to perform with Ace and Peter. (Tools.) Catch all the awkwardness May 31 when the ceremony is televised on HBO.

[Photo from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]