Gene Simmons: ‘Original Kiss will not reunite for Hall of Fame’
Words: Eric MacKinnon
Gene Simmons has shot down any hopes that original members Ace Frehley or Peter Criss would reunite with Kiss in the event of the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
Comparing the situation to a ‘cancer’ which must be ‘cut of of your system’, Simmons insists there is no way back for either man, who he says had a hat-trick of chances with the legendary band.
Ultimate Guitar reports that he told Radio.com: “No, how many chances in life do you get? When you stick your hand in the fire, you get burned the first time. Fire and nature doesn’t care if you’re a good guy or a bad guy. Both of these guys had three chances to be in the band and three times they fucked it up. They were every bit as important as we were at the formation of the band and they would have been the ruin of the band had they continued in it.
“When you have a cancer in your system, its best to cut it out as fast as you can. It used to be a part of your body then it turned into cancer so you gotta cut it out.”
But Simmons also stresses his belief that both former members are happier since parting ways with Kiss. He adds: “I believe that both Ace and Peter are happier now. They are healthier, they look fine. When they were in the band they were both on junk, or crack or alcohol. Clearly not a healthy place for them. They belong doing autograph shows in clubs – they’re happier.”