KISS400 According to Ultimate Guitar, KISS frontman Gene Simmons told Radio.com that if the band is inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, they will not be re-uniting with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

Simmons stated, “No. How many chances in life do you get? When you stick your hand in fire, you get burned the first time. Fire and nature doesn’t care if you’re a good guy or a bad guy. Both of those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they f–ked it up. They were every bit as important as we were at the formation of the band and they would have been the ruin of the band if they had continued to be in the band. When you have a cancer in your system, it’s best to cut it out as fast as you can. It used to be a part of your body; it turned into cancer. You gotta cut it out.”

Simmons also added that he believes his former bandmates are much happier not being in the band, “I believe that both Ace and Peter are happier now. They’re healthier, they both look fine. When they were in the band, they were both on junk, or crack or alcohol. Clearly not a healthy place for them. They belong home doing autograph shows in clubs. They’re happier.”

See the entire interview below. The comments in question appear at 4:26.

source: ultimate-guitar.com

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  • Scott on

    Well now……..I guess that just about sums that up. Goodness, we have so much to work with here.

    • Gabe on

      If Gene and Paul do this with Tommy and Eric, then they belong in the R&R Hall of Shame! Gene ALWAYS says: “The bosses are the fans. We obey the fans.” Well then Gene, the only thing the fans want at this point is 1 final show with Paul, Gene, Ace, Peter. The idea of KISS being inducted without Ace and Peter is absolutely absurd. I will renounce my membership in the KISS Army if this happens. I will lose all respect for Paul and Gene as musicians. As a KISS fan, this would be unforgivable. I would be extremely disappointed that the greatest rock band of all-time ended their legacy by destroying it.

    • Gina Elizabeth on

      I totally agree with everything you said!!!

    • Gerry on

      Gene is a dick completely now it’s official

    • Brian on

      As a KISS fan, I think it is an absolute disgrace that Ace and Peter would not be included…I hope they don’t get in…sad to say I am turning in my KISS Army membership, this is the last straw. Put them up there, hopefully no one watches or cares. Disgraceful…I have no problem with recognizing all the years and incarnations of KISS, and all the members, even Vinnie Vincent…but to induct the band without Peter and Ace is a joke…they were a Hall of Fame band with the 4 of them…the other incarnations were not Hall of Fame worthy…no offense to the other members but let’s get real.

    • snake on

      I agree although I did not care to much for Vinnie he was part of the band for a short time as well as mark st john Eric Carr kicked ass may he rip they were all on some of the best albums kiss ever made and Bruce “reveng” was one of my favorite albums but peter and ace are kiss….I hope Gene and Paul both realizes they “WOULD NOT” be where they are now if the the four of them had not met and as bad as it seems I love KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM and so does my granddaughter all four of the “original” members lost sight on what was happening once the money started rolling in they were magic to us with this said what “KISS” members get to be inducted GENE?????

    • james smith on

      i agree with Gene ,its Ace’s and peter’s fault they are not in the band ,blame them

  • Dave on

    Whoa not even for one show!? Is Bruce even allowed onstage? No acknowledgement for the the two guys who got you to the point of stardom? Whether they fucked up or not you still play songs they helped write. If not the case I never want to hear Beth or Shock Me in your ongoing 13 year Farewell Tour. At some point when I saw you in Tampa Fla in April 2000 (a friend invited me and my brother in from Cleveland) and bought that shirt I figured by now itd be a collectible. Does Eric Carr get mentioned at this Hall of Sham induction? He brought you some credibility back, I understand those guys had substance problems but this is for the fans. I’ll admit I havent looked but I doubt theres a Tommy Thayer fansite ’nuff said

  • Matt on

    Gene is such a dick! It’s a one time thing. They can perform one last time and I was hoping for a Dressed to Kill look at the HOF that would be so cool!

    • Brian on

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Harry Taint on

    The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is a joke.

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