Gene claims nobody cares about Frehley and Criss – but vows they’ll regroup once more for Hall of Fame induction

Gene Simmons

Simmons: No one cares

Kiss mainman Gene Simmons has slammed his former bandmates in public yet again – but also says they’ll get together for one more show in the future.

Guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss returned to the band in 1996 but were later replaced by current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in the early. The current lineup has been together since 2002 and are at work recording a follow up to 2009′s acclaimed return to form Sonic Boom.

Simmons insists Kiss are so big that very few people actually remember the former members. He tells Alfa Rock Radio: “The world doesn’t care who’s in the band. We play stadiums round the world who have never heard of Ace and Peter.

“When you see the Rolling Stones, you see the Rolling Stones – nobody’s even heard of Brian Jones except for very old fans. If you see AC/DC the original members is not even the point. It’s who you are right now.

“If you were a Kiss fan a long time ago, you know who Ace and Peter are. But most people don’t who who that is.”

Yet Simmons believes the time will come for one final gathering of the original band – and it’ll take place when they’re finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He says: “There will be one more time when we play together. Some time in the future there’s going to be a last show. Some time in the future we’ll be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we’ll do it together to honour the the beginning.”

Discussing negative comments made about Frehley and Criss by himself and Paul Stanley over the years, Simmons explains: “When you run a long-distance race not everybody can do it. Some people are only good for the beginning of the race and they don’t have the passion, the will, the endurance. Not everybody can do it.”

The bassist reports around 25 songs have been written for the next Kiss album, and it will follow the format of Sonic Boom. No release date has been set.

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