Gene Simmons On Ace Frehley And Peter Criss: ‘KISS Would Be Destroyed With Them’

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In a recent interview with USA Today, Gene Simmons of KISS spoke about the dynamics of their final tour and addressed the possibility of guest appearances, particularly concerning former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Simmons acknowledged the vital role Frehley and Criss played in KISS’s formation but cited ongoing issues with unprofessional behavior as a barrier to their return. He emphasized that KISS operates like a well-oiled machine, valuing punctuality and professionalism, qualities he finds lacking in Frehley and Criss.

Simmons admitted that attempts were made to reintegrate Frehley and Criss into the band, but these efforts were unsuccessful due to behavioral issues. He contrasted this with the loyalty and professionalism of current members Tommy and Eric, who have consistently supported the band. While acknowledging the unique chemistry that Frehley and Criss brought to KISS, Simmons expressed doubt about the band’s longevity had they remained members, citing a lack of the “DNA” required for the band’s enduring success.

Despite this, Simmons did reach out to Frehley and Criss for the final shows, an offer they declined. He also mentioned receiving multiple requests from other well-known bands to open for KISS’s final show. However, he declined all offers, believing that the focus should solely be on KISS for their farewell performance. He compared this decision to a hypothetical Beatles reunion, where the presence of any other act would detract from the main event. Thus, KISS’s final show will feature only the band itself, with no openers or special guests.

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