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Saturday, March 12, 2011

GENE SIMMONS On Original KISS Reunion: "There Will Be One More Time When We Play Together"

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke with DJ JC Green of Alfa Rock 105.7 FM and Metal Messiah Radio's "Heavy Metal Thunder"program last night (Thursday, March 10) ahead of the band's March 12 concert at Coliseo de Puerto Rico in Hato Rey. Excerpts from the chat follow below.

On drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer donning the "Catman" and "Spaceman" make-up, which many fans consider sacrilegious:

"Because it's classic, and because the world doesn't care who's in the band. If you were a
KISS a long time ago, then you know who Ace (Frehley) and Peter (Criss) are. But we play stadiums around the world who have never heard of Ace and Peter. When you go see THE (Rolling) Stones, you see The Stones. Nobody's even heard of Brian Jones [except for] very old fans. And if you go see AC/DC or any kinds of bands that get up there, the original members is not even the point; it's who you are right now. And you're only gonna be as good as the team that [makes up the current] band. If you go see KISS in a stadium some place, most of the people have never heard of Ace or Peter; they don't know who that is."

On the possibility of a reunion with
Peter Criss and Ace Frehley:

"There will be one more time when we play together. Sometime in the future there's going to be a last show. Sometime in the future we'll be in the
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. There will be one more time when we do it together to honor the beginning. But, you know, when you run a long-distance race, not everybody can run a long race. Some people are only good for the beginning of the race and they don't have the passion and the will, and the endurance. Not everybody can run a long-distance race."

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