KISS’ MANAGER SAYS HE WOULD LIKE ALL PREVIOUS MEMBERS OF THE BAND TO BE PART OF THEIR FINAL SHOW, SAYS HE HAS CONTACTED BOTH ACE FREHLEY AND PETER CRISS
According to KISS’ manger, Doc McGhee, who spoke on the ninth annual KISS Kruise, the band is open to reuniting with all former members at their final show.
McGhee said (via blabbermouth.net), “We want to include everybody that played with KISS to celebrate the 45 years of KISS,” he said. “And everybody — Vinnie Vincent and everybody else — that [has] played with KISS is part of this whole celebration of 45 years. So, we’re still looking at what we’re gonna do on the final show of KISS.”
According to McGhee, Frehley and Criss have both “been talked to” about participating in some form. But, he acknowledged, “It’s pretty difficult. When people say, ‘Oh, you should bring Ace and Peter up.’ How do you do that when you have two Catmen and two Spacemen? So you say, ‘Okay. You don’t wear makeup and you wear makeup.’ And then they [Ace and Peter] go, ‘Well, that was my makeup.’ I don’t know. So it’s real hard to do, but we’ll figure it out because they’re very much a part of the heritage of KISS. And they’re acknowledged by Gene and Paul and everybody in this room as the founding members… So. it’s important to you guys [and] it’s important to us. It’s just a matter of the balance and we can bring it where it works for everybody and everybody is having a great time.”
Last year, Frehley told VintageRock.com that “the only way” he would “seriously consider” taking part in End Of The Road is “if I took back my make-up and costume and my character — which I designed.” He added that current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer “is not a bad guitar player, but he basically just mimics everything I wrote, and tries to imitate my persona. He’s been doing it for 15 years,” he said. “But the reality is I’m the original guy. And nobody can really copy the way I play guitar.”
KISS frontman recently stated, on the same KISS Kruise, that the band plans their final show to be played on July 17th, 2021 in New York City in a TBA location.