Gene Simmons has revealed original KISS members, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, have declined invitations to play at their final shows at Madison Square Garden.
“Yes, there will be surprises. But for the fans, the older, older fans, you know, the ones who’ve been around for 50 years, they’re old, and some of them wanna see Ace and Peter,” Simmons said in an interview with Linea Rock. “You know, 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. I don’t know, but it’s always welcome. But there are many other big stars, superstars, who wanna jump up onstage and play a song,” he continued. “But we’re not sure about that. Maybe the best thing to do is to end the way we started, four guys with guitars. No keyboards, no synthesizers, nothing. Just playing.”
KISS’ End of the Road tour’s final two shows are set to take place on December 1 and 2 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
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