KISS’ iconic musician, Gene Simmons had a new interview with and revealed the real reason why Ace Frehley could not be with them at the End of The Road Tour.

As announcing that The End of The Road Tour will continue for at least two years, Gene explains the absence of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.

Here is his statement:

“What happened was that Peter Criss and Ace Frehley — who are the original founding members with Paul and me 46 years ago… Not everybody is designed to run a marathon, it’s fair to say.

And not everybody should be in a band that lasts decades and decades. So, by the turn of the 2000s, the early 2000s, it became dysfunctional to the extreme. They were asked to leave or left on their own volition three different times because of the cliché of clichés — bad behaviour, unprofessionalism, drugs, alcohol.

It’s, like, it’s been done — come on. Then we looked at each other and said, ‘If we can’t live up to the, ‘You wanted the best, you’ve got the best, the hottest band in the world,’ let’s just call it quits.’ You’ve got the cash, the fame. So we stopped — we stopped for a while and kept getting a deluge of gifts and inquiries. ‘Why can’t you do it? If you’ve got a flat tire, change the tire. Why do you wanna stop?'”

He continued:

“Paul and I had a moment where we just said, ‘You know what? We’re thinking small.’ I always thought of The Beatles, ‘Nobody will ever take the place of anybody.’ But Ringo [Starr] is not an original member; he took the place of Pete Best. So when you take a look at all the bands, ‘Oh, there can be a different lead singer of Van Halen’ Actually, there can.”

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