Gene Simmons Calls Out Ace Frehley And Peter Criss To Stop Playing The KISS’ ‘Victim’

KISS bassist Gene Simmons talked about his hope that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would get over their ‘victim’ mindset in the recently published interview by Louder Sound that originally took place during the band’s São Paulo concert in May 2022.

Since the band’s appearance on the music scene in 1973, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss parted ways with the band several times. In 1980, it was reported that drummer Criss was fired from the band for unknown reasons. After continuing his solo career, he returned to KISS in 1995 and became a part of the group’s live performance recorded by MTV Unplugged. Later, he was replaced by Eric Singer in 2001. Although he rejoined in 2002, he parted ways with the group after two years.

Moreover, lead guitarist Ace Frehley contributed to the band from 1973 to 1982. The guitarist pursued a solo music career until he rejoined the group in 1996 for the highly successful reunion tour. He played with the band until 2002 and later focused on his solo career.

Current KISS members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer started their ongoing final show, End of the Road World Tour, on January 31, 2019. The band has been meeting with its fans during their massive concerts for the last time. There has happened unforgettable special moments during the performances.

Recently, Gene Simmons’ interview during the São Paulo concert in May has been reported. In the interview, Simmons said he would be glad if Frehley and Criss decided to take the stage with the band for their final concert. The bassist hoped the pair would eliminate the victim mindset by taking a more realistic perspective. According to the rocker, nothing was done to them against their will since they chose to leave the band many times themselves.

Gene Simmons said in his words:

“I was hoping that Ace and Peter, at least for that, would be with us. It would be the saddest thing of all if they chose not to be there. But such is life.

I hope and wish they’ll get over the victim, ‘look what happened to me.’ No, nothing happened to you. These were all decisions you made. They were in and out of the band three different times. Can you believe that? How many chances in life do you want? That’s the saddest thing.”

Simmons also mentioned that some KISS fans were angry with them about Criss and Frehley’s issues within the band. He noted that the fans did not understand the remaining members because the incidents about the pair differed from what they seemed.

Gene Simmons continued:

“There are fans that are still angry with us about Ace and Peter. They just don’t understand.”

KISS recently completed the ninth leg of its End of the Road World Tour in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The band will meet their fans again on August 20, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. After concluding the tenth leg in Australia, they will return to the United States for a few shows in September and October 2022.