In a recent interview with Metal Messiah Radio, KISS bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons spoke on the band and the possibility of a reunion with original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.
“There will be one more time when we play together,” he said. “Sometime in the future there’s going to be a last show. Sometime in the future we’ll be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. There will be one more time when we do it together to honor the beginning. But, you know, when you run a long-distance race, not everybody can run a long race. Some people are only good for the beginning of the race and they don’t have the passion and the will, and the endurance. Not everybody can run a long-distance race.”
Many fans have been dismayed that their replacements, drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, have been wearing the “Catman” and “Spaceman” make-up.
“…The world doesn’t care who’s in the band,” Simmons stated. “If you were a KISS fan a long time ago, then you know who Ace and Peter are. But we play stadiums around the world who have never heard of Ace and Peter. When you go see The Stones, you see The Stones. Nobody’s even heard of Brian Jones [except for] very old fans. And if you go see AC/DC or any kinds of bands that get up there, the original members is not even the point; it’s who you are right now. And you’re only gonna be as good as the team that [makes up the current] band. If you go see KISS in a stadium some place, most of the people have never heard of Ace or Peter; they don’t know who that is.”
Simmons also revealed that KISS is working on the follow-up to 2009’s Sonic Boom.
“We have almost all the songs written. In fact, we have too many songs; we have about 20 to 25 things that look and sound good. And we’re gonna get into the studio in about three weeks, and then we start recording. At the same time, I have to do the TV show [Gene Simmons Family Jewels]… I mean, it’s a very busy time, but the album is gonna take precedence, that’s the most important thing.”