KISS‘ Gene Simmons says he’s spoken to former band members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss about performing at the band’s last ever concerts this year – but both have declined the offer. The news came in a recent interview with Linea Rock.
The band is currently on their farewell tour and will play their last ever shows on December 1 and 2 at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, their hometown.
Fans hoped to see Criss and Frehley perform in those last two shows, even if for just a few songs, but that seems unlikely, as Simmons claims several invitations have been made to both musicians– and all have been declined.
In Simmons’ words:
For the older fans, the ones who’ve been around for 50 years, they’re old, and some of them wanna see Ace and Peter. The newer fans never saw them and they don’t know.
But the older fans wonder about Ace and Peter. Well, I asked both Ace and Peter a few times: ‘Do you wanna come out for the encores? Do you wanna do some shows?’ And they both said ‘no.’ So, I don’t know what to say about that.
But it’s always welcome. But there are many other big stars, superstars, who wanna jump up onstage and play a song. But we’re not sure about that. Maybe the best thing to do is to end the way we started – four guys with guitars. No keyboards, no synthesizers, nothing. Just playing.