Gene Simmons Allegedly ‘Erases’ Ex-KISS Members On Shirt


KISS fans are surely bemoaning Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley over this recent action towards fellow KISS legends Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. Recently, a user over at the KISSfaq fan forum going by the name of SpaceAce1977 uploaded the following picture. The picture is actually a Tweet to podcast host Mitch LaFon’s account which shows a t-shirt of KISS depicting a very famous image in KISS history – The Spirit of ’76 KISS poster. It isn’t entirely clear if it could be a counterfeit shirt. Peter Criss recently emotionally unloaded on KISS replacement.

In poster form, this was originally released in 1976 and of course, that was a banner year for celebrating the bicentennial of the United States, with original members of the KISS group – Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, and Peter Criss posing for the picture you can see below.

However – in this current incarnation there is only one glaring problem. Peter Criss and Ace Frehley have been replaced! Yes, as you can see on the shirt itself, this classic image now has the likenesses of newer KISS members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. It is not confirmed whether or not that this is an officially licensed KISS product. Gene Simmons also just revealed why Paul Stanley ‘lost his voice.’

Fellow KISSFaq forum members reacted to the shirt. Forum member Coventry1973 wrote: “I hope no one buys this piece of ****. Those two should never be on a historic image like that. It’s probably a knock-off bootleg, but if it is a licensed shirt by Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons], they should be ashamed of themselves. Put Eric and Tommy on the shit they do now, not the iconic things from the past with Ace and Peter

Whereas another fan, PterCriss questioned: “KISS hasn’t tried to fake out fans with Tommy and Eric’s likeness that much have they? It’s the Cat and Spaceman so how come the original Cat and Spaceman aren’t good enough for that t-shirt?” Gene Simmons recently revealed that a big-name rejected KISS tour.