In an exclusive interview with 94.7 WCSX, Peter Criss recently addressed and dismissed Gene Simmons’ assertions regarding KISS’s final concerts.
Contrary to the alleged invitation from the bassist for Criss and Ace Frehley, the drummer shared his sentiments about the conclusion of the band, stating:
“It’s hard to believe it’s over. I’m truly touched by it. There were so many glorious years, and the four of us created some really fun tunes and have the most incredible fan base a band could ever have. We are truly fortunate to have our fans all these years. Thank you, KISS Army, for the life that you gave me and the life that you gave all of us in KISS.”
Expressing Disappointment at Being Excluded from the Final Performance
Peter then expressed his dismay at not receiving an invitation, along with Ace, Bruce Kulick, and Vinnie Vincent, to perform a few songs in New York as a gesture of appreciation for their fans’ years of support. He added: “[I’m] in a good place in my life and very happy and very proud of what the four founding fathers of KISS created. It’s truly a blessing. There’s not much more a musician or artist could ask for than what God has blessed us with. And now the end is here. To quote our dear late manager Bill Aucoin, ‘onward and upward.
Simmons Extends Invitation to Frehley and Criss for Final Shows
In a June interview with Linea Rock, Simmons expressed a sense of sadness that Frehley and Criss couldn’t continue with the band, citing personal issues such as substance abuse as contributing factors to their departures. Despite their decision not to participate in the final KISS concerts, Simmons emphasized that they were still invited to return. He explained:
“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.
Frehley’s Response To Alleged Invitations
In a recent discussion on SiriusXM, Frehley reiterated his support for Criss, addressing the alleged lack of invitations. The guitarist clarified: “No. You know what it is? Those guys used my name and Peter’s [Criss] name months ago. They said that they invited us to perform at that show. I never got a phone call. Peter never got a phone call. They just said that to sell tickets.” Frehley also highlighted that Paul Stanley had made derogatory comments about him and Criss, implying that their performance would spoil the KISS farewell show—an insinuation that Frehley found insulting.