Gene Simmons Asked Ace Frehley + Peter Criss to Join KISS’ Final Shows, Both Artists Declined

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For some fans, it would be a real treat to see former band members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss join KISS on stage at the band’s last two shows at Madison Square Garden this December.

However, sadly, neither artist will be attending these shows – even though they were invited to be part of them.

During a new conversation with Linea Rock, Gene Simmons was asked if Frehley and Criss will be joining the band for the last two shows of the band’s farewell tour. Simmons says that an invitation was extended to both artists, but each of them turned down the invitation. In fact, Simmons reached out to Frehley and Criss multiple times. Per Simmons (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“For the fans — the olderolder fans — the ones who’ve been around for 50 years, they’re old, and some of them wanna see Ace and Peter. The newer fans never saw them and they don’t know. But the older fans wonder about Ace and Peter.

“Well, I asked both Ace and Peter a few times: ‘Do you wanna come out for the encores? Do you wanna do some shows?’ And they both said ‘no.’ So, I don’t know what to say about that… But it’s always welcome. But there are many other big stars, superstars, who wanna jump up onstage and play a song. But we’re not sure about that.

“Maybe the best thing to do is to end the way we started: four guys with guitars. No keyboards, no synthesizers — nothing. Just playing.”

For you KISS fans out there, do you wish Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were taking part in the band’s farewell shows?

Upcoming KISS 2023 tour dates

  • 6/29 – Tuscany, IT – Lucca Festival
    7/1 – Mannheim, DE – SAP Arena
    7/2 – Cologne, DE – Laxness Arena
    7/5 – London, UK – O2 Arena
    7/7 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena
    7/8 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
    7/12 – Rattvik, SE – Dalhalla Amp.
    7/13 – Rattvik, SE – Dalhalla Amp.
    7/15 – Tonsberg, NO – Kaldnes
    9/01 – Crandon, WI – Crandon International Raceway
    10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
    10/20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
    10/22 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
    10/23 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    10/25 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
    10/27 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
    10/29 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
    11/1 – Palm Springs, CA – Acrisure Arena
    11/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
    11/6 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
    11/8 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
    11/10 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
    11/12 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
    11/13 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
    11/15 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
    11/18 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
    11/19 – Quebec, QC – ideotron Centre
    11/21 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
    11/22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
    11/24 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson–Boling Arena
    11/25 – Indianapolis. IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse
    11/27 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
    11/29 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena
    12/1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    12/2 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

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