Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley on who they do and DON’T want on stage during their End of the Road tour.
KISS’s End of the Road Tour kicks off in 2 days (Jan 31st) and Gene Simmons is speaking up on who’s been invited back on stage, and who isn’t. The KISS frontman said the band would welcome some members of the original lineup on the tour, but only as guests.
In a new interview with Guitar World, Simmons reported that appearances by Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and others hasn’t been ruled out.
“Ace and Peter have gotten three chances,” he said. “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. 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 fucking life.”
Both Simmons and Stanley agree that former guitarist Bruce Kulick would be welcome- and that Vinnie Vincent isn’t. After suing the band 14 times, there’s no reason to repair that bridge.
“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…it’s really not up to me. But 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.”
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