KISS bassist Gene Simmons spoke in an interview with Guitar World, and revealed what he thinks about possibility of classic lineup reunion for “End of the Road” farewell tour.
Here’s the statement:
“Ace and Peter have gotten three chances. 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.”
Frontman Paul Stanley chimed in:
“Three times is the charm; ‘I promise I’ll pull out’ doesn’t work. It’s the boy who cried wolf: ‘Oh, I’ve been straight for a million years.’ Terrific! Have a good life! … 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.
It’s really not up to me whether former KISS members join the band onstage for a guest appearance on the upcoming tour. 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.”
Click here to source of the statement.
On December 30, an interviewer asked if KISS could ever carry on without any original members, Gene Simmons responded:
“Sure. Of course. We’ve had 10 different lineups. AC/DC has had 22 or so. And there are bands that tour now that sell out things with different lead singers and different guitar players.”
Click here to details of Gene’s reaction.