Paul Stanley Points Out A Paradox About Ace Frehley And Peter Criss

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KISS frontman Paul Stanley opened up about the upcoming documentary of the band, ‘Biography: KISStory’ during a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard and revealed the meaning of having former band members, the original lead guitarist Ace Frehley, and the original drummer Peter Criss as well as stating that the two weren’t built for the band’s journey.

As many of you know, KISS has gone through a number of lineup changes since its foundation, however, the most significant alterations must be the two original members being replaced by other musicians, the original lead guitarist Ace Frehley who has been with the band from its inception in 1973 to his departure in 1982 after finding himself in a different direction with the band.

In addition to Frehley, the original drummer Peter Criss also officially left KISS on May 18, 1980, and according to numerous sources, Criss was actually fired during a band meeting in which Frehley, Simmons, Stanley, and manager Bill Aucoin voted Criss out of the band.

After the announcement of the documentary of KISS which is going to be including their career, success, and challenges titled ‘Biography: KISStory,’ to air on June 27 and 28 on A&E in two parts, it was revealed that the two original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are not going to be included in the documentary except for the parts that involved archived interviews of the members.

During a recent interview, KISS’ frontman opened up about the upcoming movie of the band, ‘Biography: KISStory’, and mostly focused on the bond he has with bassist Gene Simmons with whom he has been friends and bandmates nearly for the past five decades. In addition to this, Paul Stanley also paid homage to the past members of the band, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, stating that KISS wouldn’t be in the position it is today if it weren’t for them.

While praising his former bandmates, Stanley also admitted that the departure of both Frehley and Criss made the success of KISS possible mostly due to the fact that they weren’t mentally prepared for the long road the band has ahead. Therefore, the biographic movie is going to be mainly focused on Gene Simmons and himself.

During the interview with SiriusXM, Paul Stanley stated:

“I keep saying we couldn’t be here today had it not been there for Ace and Peter being there in the beginning. We also couldn’t be here today if they were still here. I try to put that into perspective. We live by a template that the four of us started, but everybody isn’t built to go the distance, and everybody isn’t built for the marathon. So this really is ultimately the story of me and Gene and KISS, and the story of the band from the beginning till today.”

You can watch the full interview below.

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