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Because KISS is going to go on their farewell tour, original members Gene Simmons an Paul Stanley constantly get asked about who are and who are not going make appearances in their shows. Two people in particular, original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are on people’s radar on whether they will join the farewell tour or sit it out.
In an interview with Guitar World, Gene Simmons said that Frehley and Criss are welcome to make appearances but not join permanently.
“Ace and Peter have gotten three chances,” the bassist shares. “They were in and out of the band — fired — three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren’t carrying their load. … So the short answer to your question is we’d love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don’t, it’s not going to be because of us. But they’re never going to be in KISS again.”
Simmons adds, “Three times is the charm; ‘I promise I’ll pull out’ doesn’t work. It’s the boy who cried wolf: ‘Oh, I’ve been straight for a million years.’ Terrific! Have a good life! … Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace of Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your f***ng life.”
Stanley says, “I’ll say that this is a celebration of this band and its accomplishments and its history. So anybody who was shortsighted enough to think this should be a reunion is missing the point. That being said, I would love to see everybody at one point or another be onstage. And if that doesn’t happen, it’s their choice, not mine.”
But how about Vinnie Vincent? “Now Vinnie, that’s one exception, and for so many reasons,” Stanley said. “I would say that’s not someone who I want to celebrate.” Simmons added, “It’s worth stating that Vinnie has sued the band and lost 14 times. I’m not here to cast any aspersions. He’s a talented guy. That’s why he was in the band. But would I depend on him to get up onstage and do anything? Never. … Can he come to the shows? Of course! Anybody can. But onstage? Never.”
The KISS “End of the World” farewell tour, with Simmons, Stanley and longtime KISS members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, kicks off Jan. 31 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.