KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently had an interview with the Chicago Tribune. He clarifies lots of things about their farewell tour, and ‘possible’ reunion.
Unfortunately, Stanley didn’t give any good news about any full-fledged reunion. Stanley says, he celebrate the past but doesn’t want to live in it.
Here is what the said on an interview:
“This was never going to be a reunion tour of any members. This is a celebration of the history of this band and the success of this band. The lineup is as it is has been seventeen years.
Tommy Thayer has been with us that long, and Eric Singer has been with us 25 years, so the idea of bringing back former members as present members is ridiculous.
Certainly, I’ve always been open to the idea of former members being part of an evening in a one-off form, but it has nothing to do with KISS as entity. I celebrate the past, but I don’t want to live in it.
When I was watching the Super Bowl, at the end I saw Joe Namath carrying the trophy up to the stand. It was great to see him, but I don’t think anybody wanted him to suit up and get on the field.”
In December 2018, Ace Frehley also made a statement about possible reuninion, and said he loves Eric and Tommy but it’s half of a KISS cover band.
Here is his statement:
“When I read the comments the fans make on the internet (every once in a while I’ll spend a half hour or an hour reading comments) invariably 80-90% of the KISS fans want a full blown reunion. I don’t know if that’s possible; it could be a variation of it. There’s no way KISS is gonna go out with a bang with the lineup they have now. It’s half of a cover band.
I love Eric (Singer) and I love Tommy (Thayer) but it’s half of a KISS cover band. Paul and Gene are the two original guys and they’ve got two guys playing my part and Peter’s part. I think it works better overseas or in South America where the people aren’t as educated as to who is in the band but it’s getting tired in America.
Ever since 2014 when we were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pretty much all of America realized that I was not in the band and Peter’s not in the band and I think a lot of people in America weren’t even sure that I had left.
When they made the switch between me and Tommy they really didn’t publicize it and I don’t think they wanted to. I mean, I remember getting phone calls in 2008, 2009 and people would call me up and say, “Hey, you’re playing my hometown, can you get me tickets?” and I’d go, “No, I’m not in the band anymore.” I mean that happened multiple times. My departure from the band the second time around wasn’t highly promoted.”
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