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Gene Simmons: There’s ‘Not a Chance’ KISS Would Reunite With Ace Frehley + Peter Criss Again

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KISS have welcomed back original drummer and guitarist Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in the past, but bassist-singer Gene Simmons says that fans should not expect that to ever happen again.

In a chat with The Tampa Tribute, Simmons was asked if the band would ever consider a reunion if their two estranged members “cleaned up their act.” The bassist stated, “Not a chance. We’ve already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn’t be fair to [current members] Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. It wouldn’t be right.”

Thayer and Singer have now been official members of KISS for years. Singer has played with the band over three different stints — from 1991-1996, in 2001-2002 and then from 2004 to present day. Thayer, meanwhile, has held the guitar slot from 2002 to present.

Simmons also addressed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Criss and Frehley, adding, “We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the fact that they didn’t acknowledge Tommy Thayer and Eric. They’ve been in the band longer than Ace and Peter. If the Grateful Dead can have 10 members in and out of the band and a lyricist who was never in the band in the Hall, how can you explain that?”

KISS are currently on tour with Def Leppard. See their current itinerary here.

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