KISS is scheduled to have their last two performances ever in December at Madison Square Garden. Many fans are anticipating the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, the original guitarist and drummer, respectively, to appear at the final concerts. However, it is unlikely that they will make an appearance as Paul Stanley has expressed his opposition towards it.
During an interview with The Howard Stern Show, Stanley explained that the reason why a reunion with Frehley and Criss is not going to happen is the same as why KISS did not perform during the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in 2014.
According to Stanley, the current KISS lineup is the one that worked hard and got the band where they are now. He thinks that the current KISS accurately represents the band and that a reunion with the former members would be disrespectful to the band. Moreover, Stanley even went as far as to suggest that KISS should rename themselves as PISS if they reunited with the duo.
“The hypocrisy is that we’re not a band they like,” he said. “They purposely kept us out for 15 years. And other bands that they embrace, they induct people’s moms and songwriters and all these people. And with us, it truly was unfair. Because we had too much pride in this lineup, which is KISS, and has been KISS for 20 years. It’s not newcomers. … This is the band that has carried the flag and taken it, really, to another level. This is the band I always dreamed it would be.”
“They were demanding, quite honestly, that we play with the two original guys, Peter and Ace, and at this point, that would be demeaning to the band, and also would give some people confusion. ‘Cause if you saw people onstage who looked like KISS but sounded like that, maybe we should be called PISS.”
KISS‘s final 19 shows across North America in 2023 will begin in October in Texas, with their ultimate performances at Madison Square Garden on December 1 and December 2. Tickets for those shows are available here.