In a recent interview with USA Today, Gene Simmons of KISS shared insights into the band’s final tour and addressed the possibility of including original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss as guests.
When asked about fan expectations for a reunion, Simmons touched upon the challenges posed by what he referred to as ‘unprofessional behavior.’ While expressing love for Frehley and Criss and acknowledging their contributions to the band, Simmons highlighted the recurring issues:
“Ace and Peter had been in and out of the band three times. We love and cherish them, and they will always be part of the KISS family, but we’ve had many differences about unprofessional behavior. KISS has always been a machine. We show up on time, and we tried on three occasions over three decades to bring them back into the band, and it always wound up the same.”
Simmons explained his perspective on why he believes Ace and Peter may not have the DNA to continue with the band:
“And what do you do with Tommy and Eric, who have been loyal and professional and never turned their back on the band? Now, I do know, KISS would not have happened without Ace and Peter. There’s no question of the chemistry. But I don’t think KISS would have survived with Ace and Peter. Not everyone has the DNA. It’s hard damn work to stick through it for 50 years.”
The rocker concluded by acknowledging the historical importance of Ace and Peter’s contributions while emphasizing the challenges of sustaining a band for five decades.