Gene Simmons: ‘Ex-bandmates are too undependable to add to farewell tour’

Kiss star Gene Simmons has ruled out a full group reunion during the End Of The Road Tour, because former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are too “undependable”.
The bassist insists the rockers are welcome to join himself, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer on the road, but they can’t be counted on as permanent fixtures.
“They were as important as any one of us in the early days of the band and they’ve both been invited to come on stage at some point in the tour,” Gene tells the Evening Standard, “but we couldn’t do the whole thing with them. They’re completely undependable.”
Paying tribute to his current bandmates, Singer and Thayer, who replaced Criss and Frehley, he adds, “They have a love of labour. They show up on time, do the work and are thrilled to meet the fans. Other members, without naming names, have been miserable.”
Kiss’ farewell tour began in January (19), and although guitar great Frehley recently confirmed he had not been approached to be a part of the trek, he is open to joining his former bandmates onstage: “I’ve offered my services, and they just haven’t made the decision to bring me back,” he told Oklahoma’s KATT Rock 100.5 radio station. “And that’s OK, because I’m having a lot of fun as a solo artist. But I also am concerned about the fans as well. I wanna give the fans the biggest bang for their buck, and they’re not getting it at this juncture.”