KISS‘s longtime manager Doc McGhee recently said that he doesn’t know if original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will take part in the band’s final concert.
The legendary group’s “End Of The Road” trek was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but has since been extended to some point in 2023.
In a new interview with VWMusic, Doc McGhee was asked if Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would be appearing at KISS‘s final concert, to which Doc responded: “Honestly, I don’t know. You can invite them, but they may not come. They may come, they may not come, and we might not invite them. We’ve talked to them, and we’ve talked about it. Well, we don’t talk to Peter, but we do talk to Ace. We haven’t talked to Peter in a long time. But you know something? They were part of it, they aided in starting this band, and they should be part of the end of this. They started this, so in some way they should be able to share that spotlight on the way out. Now, regardless of if it happens or not, you’re not going to get six guys up there in makeup. That’s not going to happen.”
The subject of the original four members of KISS reuniting at the band’s final concert has come up numerous times before, including on the latest edition of the “KISS Kruise” in November of 2019 when the topic was brought up during a question-and-answer period with fans.
“We want to include everybody that played with KISS to celebrate the 45 years of KISS,” McGhee said at the time. “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.”
McGhee also said that both Ace and Peter had “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.”
Before the launch of the “End Of The Road” tour, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were luke-warm to the idea of former guitar player Vinnie Vincent being a part of the band’s final show. “Now Vinnie, that’s one exception, and for so many reasons,” Stanley told Guitar World. “I would say that’s not someone who I want to celebrate.”