During a recent telephone interview with 519 Magazine, Gene Simmons of KISS expressed optimism about the possibility of inviting Ace Frehley to perform in their final shows. This idea may create tension between Paul Stanley and the bassist, given their past dispute with Frehley.
The musician reflected on the history and influence of KISS, focusing on internal relationships with original members Ace and Peter Criss. He then went on to say via (Rock Celebrities):
“It’s no secret we’ve had our share of ups and downs. Ace and Peter are brothers in KISS, and the door was always open for them to join us on this last go-around. But this isn’t a fairy tale; it’s real life. Egos, personalities, addictions—they’ve all played their parts.”
He also shared his feelings regarding Frehley and Criss not being part of these last performances:
“I feel sad. I feel sad and angry that both Ace and Peter aren’t here. I mean, they’re alive, but they’re not here to enjoy this unbelievable journey with us. They were there at the beginning and deserve all the credit. And when they look in the mirror, the only reason they’re not here with us is themselves.”
Simmons admitted the emotional significance of these final performances and added:
“Inviting them was as much for the fans as it was for us. KISS has always been about the whole, not the individual. It would’ve been fitting to have all of us there, one last time.”
The fact that Frehley and Criss won’t be part of KISS’ farewell tour might disappoint some fans, but it’s not unexpected. In a June interview, Simmons mentioned that both musicians had declined several invitations to participate in the band’s final shows. KISS is scheduled to perform their last concerts on December 1st and 2nd at Madison Square Garden in New York.