GENE SIMMONS Rules Out Reunion Of Original KISS Lineup: 'We've Tried That'
Published: July 13, 2016
In a brand new interview with the Calgary Herald
bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons
was asked if ex-KISS
guitarist Ace Frehley
's recent collaboration with Paul Stanley
means there's a hope of another reunion of the band's original lineup. "No, that means nothing," he responded. "We've tried that. Ace
, original KISS
drummer] came into the band and were thrown out three different times because of drugs and alcohol. I mean, how many strikes do you want? And to new fans, it means nothing. When you go see AC/DC
, do you think anybody stands up and says, 'Where's Bon Scott
After the interviewer pointed out to Gene
fans now say "Where's Brian Johnson
?" because Axl Rose
is fronting the legendary rock band on the remaining dates of its "Rock Or Bust"
quickly shot back: "It doesn't matter. The team has got to be bigger than any member in it, and that includes Paul
and myself. I would like nothing more than on the day that we finally play our last concert that four new, deserving, young men are going to be stepping up and wearing the crown… But doing it justice, not going through the motions. They'll know the songs, they'll keep the personas, the personalities alive, and continue on. Why not?"
recently dashed fans' that his renewed friendship with Ace
opened the door for a possibility of Frehley
one day returning to KISS
, even if it's just for a limited number of live shows. He told the "Phone Booth Fighting"
podcast: "I don't see it. And, to me, that makes it even better. The fact that you can have people in your life, and maybe who they are and what they are in your life changes over time. Because I'm happy to see Ace
and would love to see him… We text. He was on the radio last week, and I texted him, 'I'm listening.' It doesn't need to go further than that, but the fact that it's there is a terrific thing. Reading into it, and where's it gonna lead, and maybe…? There is none of that. There is just the joy and satisfaction in reconnecting — in a different way, perhaps. But it doesn't negate our differences, and that's okay. You can have people in your life. There are things we don't agree about and never will, [and] that's okay. Maybe it goes back to what I said earlier: the best relationships understand the limitations of the relationships."
after the band's 2002 "Farewell Tour"
dates, saying afterwards that he took the word "farewell" seriously.