Gene Simmons expresses deep emotions regarding the absence of original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the band’s final tour. He laments the fact that they won’t be joining them and emphasizes that KISS has always been about the whole group rather than individual members.
“I feel sad. I feel sad and angry that both Ace and Peter aren’t here,” Gene told 519 Magazine. “I mean, they’re alive, but they’re not here to enjoy this unbelievable journey with us. They were there at the beginning and deserve all the credit. And when they look in the mirror, the only reason they’re not here with us is themselves.”
Simmons extended an invitation to both former bandmates to join the final tour, but both declined due to conflicts and personal issues, leaving Simmons frustrated and sad about their absence. He mentioned that their presence would have been a special celebration for fans and a way to honor the band’s legacy. However, it remains uncertain if Frehley or Criss will change their minds and accept the invitation.
While this might be farewell from KISS‘ live performances, Simmons assures fans that the band’s brand will live on through various avenues such as movies, merchandise, and possibly Broadway, as the physical demands of touring have led to the decision to end touring.
The KISS experience will continue through a museum, cruises, a movie, a cartoon show, and various toys and games, along with different traveling shows in multiple locations.