Gene Simmons Says Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Will Never Play With Kiss Again
Gene Simmons has no interest in playing with original Kiss members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss -- meaning that things might get tense if the band gets indicted into the 2014 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kiss now tours with guitarist Tommy Thayer dressed in Frehley's makeup and drummer Eric Singer dressed as Criss in an effort to replicate the band's original lineup. Simmons says that both co-founders have repeatedly blown their shot to share the stage with him and Paul Stanley, with Ultimate Guitar reporting that Simmons 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 f***** 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."
Simmons went on to say: "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."
When we last caught up with Paul Stanley, we posed the question as to what members of Kiss should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should the band finally be voted in: "Well, that's a really good question. We would -- y'know, obviously would be something to think about if and when it happened. There've been a lot of people who have been a part of this -- some longer than others, some adding less than others, and some who deserve recognition more than others. So, it would be something to think about."
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