Gene Simmons Willing To Reunite With Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Despite Initial Rejection

As the European leg of KISS’ End of the Road World Tour continues, Gene Simmons talked about feeling let down by the former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss while discussing why the pair are ‘always welcome back’ to return in a new conversation with Linea Rock.”

The bassist first expressed sadness over the fact that Frehley and Criss couldn’t stay in the band:

“Some people can only run a short time. It’s very sad for me that Ace and Peter couldn’t stay in the band. They were in and out of the band three different times, and they were out of the band only because of themselves. They didn’t do anything wrong. They did everything wrong to themselves, drugs and alcohol and all that.”

Simmons then revealed how although Frehley and Criss refused offers to participate in KISS’s last concerts, they were still ‘welcome’ to return, saying:

“The newer fans never saw them, and they don’t know. But the older fans wonder about Ace and Peter. Well, I asked both Ace and Peter a few times: ‘Do you wanna come out for the encores? Do you wanna do some shows?’ And they both said ‘no.’ So, I don’t know what to say about that… But it’s always welcome.”

The rocker continued by admitting feeling ‘sad’ that Ace and Peter won’t be joining their last shows:

“It’s very sad because we are having the best time proud, and unfortunately, Ace and Peter will not be here to enjoy it. They can only talk about the past, but we can talk about today, and that’s an amazing feeling. You can’t buy that feeling anywhere, so what can I say again, it’s going to be happy, but it’s also going to be sad because everything has a beginning and end.”

Also, while discussing the band’s long history, the interviewer asked the rocker if there were things he would change in hindsight, to which he replied:

“Well, of course, there are. When you go on a long trip, you’re always going to make mistakes, go to the left or to the right when you should have stayed straight. Life is a journey, and working is a journey, and being in a band is a journey, and not everybody is designed to run a marathon.

Gene’s recent statements about the two former KISS members are in line with his previous words on the subject, where he suggested the pair were not in the band just because of themselves. On the other hand, the band’s End of the Road World Tour wraps up in New York with two final shows that will take place on December 1 and 2.

You can check out the full interview below.