In a new interview with the Chicago Tribune, Paul Stanley says KISS never intended to reunite their original lineup with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for the ‘End of the Road’ farewell tour, as he doesn’t want to live in the past.
“This was never going to be a reunion tour of any members,” he said. “This is a celebration of the history of this band and the success of this band. The lineup is as it is has been seventeen years. [Guitarist Tommy Thayer] has been with us that long, and [drummer Eric Singer] has been with us 25 years, so the idea of bringing back former members as present members is ridiculous.
Certainly, I’ve always been open to the idea of former members being part of an evening in a one-off form, but it has nothing to do with KISS as entity.
I celebrate the past, but I don’t want to live in it. When I was watching the Super Bowl, at the end I saw Joe Namath carrying the trophy up to the stand. It was great to see him, but I don’t think anybody wanted him to suit up and get on the field.”
Ace Frehley recently unloaded on KISS for not including him on their final tour, and accused Gene Simmons of groping his wife.