Gene Simmons spoke to the Los Angeles Times about KISS‘s first farewell tour, which took place nearly two decades ago.
“It had to do with our two original members who yet again had come to the end of their rope, as they say,” the bassist/vocalist explained. “Each had been in and out of the band three different times. And we love them as human beings, but not everybody is [meant for the long run].
“We [had] made a judgment that without Ace and Peter, KISS couldn’t continue,” Simmons said. “But the fans kept asking, ‘Why not?’
“We saw other bands had very healthy lives and continued on,” he added. “So many of those rules are self-imposed, and at the end of the day, our knees buckle to our bosses, which is the fans.”