Paul Stanley would never be friends with Peter Criss or Ace Frehley again.
The KISS singer would never allow the band's former guitarist and drummer - who left in the 80s, but rejoined the band between 1996 and 2002 and 2001 respectively - to play with the group again and claims they were never very close even in their 70s heyday.
Paul exclusively told BANG Showbiz: 'Friends? No I was never really friends with them. The band was never about friendship, the band was about commitment to a cause, but friendship? We were all very different people.
'I loved them for what we created together, I certainly don't love them today. But the band as it is today is far more the embodiment of what we started than what we became.'
When asked when he had last spoke with his former bandmates, Paul said: 'I spoke to Ace probably three years ago. Peter I haven't spoken to in probably a decade.'
Paul also expanded on the reasons why he could never see the band - now made up of himself and original bassist Gene Simmons with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer - play with their original line up.
He said: 'They were instrumental in what we created as a team, but they became impossible and intolerable, on more than one occasion necessitating their removal. And unfortunately when people don't really learn from their mistakes they repeat them. At some point you just lose tolerance. It's ultimately disrespectful to the fans to not give them what they deserve. I don't miss them.'
Paul was speaking at a preview of the new KISS Monster Book, a huge three foot by two foot tome which features full color photos from the band's 40 year history, and is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. For more information, visit KissMonsterBook.com
Kiss also release new single 'Hell or Hallelujah' this week and play a sold out show at London's the Forum tonight (04.07.12) to raise funds for Help For Heroes.
It never ceases to amaze me that everything that was wrong with the original line up was always Ace and Peter's fault. I guess Gene and Paul are perfect in every way. What a bunch of arrogant bullshit......
Yeah, it's interesting to read Ace's book and get his point of view on things (at least what he remembers of it). I keep hearing that Peter has a book coming out someday, that should be worth reading as well.
Gene and Paul have their noses so high up it's a wonder they don't drown when it rains.
ah well, KISS is still a cool band
Gene and Paul need to consider a quote from Aesop:
"The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit".
i know if they made a bio movie im sure it would be paul and gene's take on things but id still like to see a bio i think its way over due
I would have to disagree, as a longtime fan, basically since the beginning, I am becoming very disgruntled with Paul and Gene. Back in the day, Kiss was a 4 member band, at least for a little while. When Kiss started making big money, Paul and Gene decided that it was now a 2 member band with 2 session players ( Ace and Peter). Money and Arrogance destroyed the original band. I just read an article that stated Paul is the boss and Gene plays a really diminished roll in the decision making for the band. ( We all can assume that Tommy and Eric have no say in the band what so ever.) It seems now that Paul and Gene are about to turn on each other. It is becoming apparently clear( at least to me ) that the end is near. Kiss is now fronted by two old codgers with out of control egos,( again ). I can only hope as a longtime fan, that Paul and Gene will retire without further damage to the legacy of the greatest rock and roll band in the world.