KISS ‘They had to leave because of Ace’s unpredictable play and Peter’s poor quality,’ says Paul Stanley.
LEGEND OF THE KISS Paul Stanley delivered a candid new interview ahead of the End Of The Road World Tour, in which he stated why the band “wouldn’t have survived” if original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were still in the band. But how does he feel about rumors that they will return for a final tour?
As the band prepares to continue the tour on August 18 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, founding members Stanley and Gene Simmons have been delivering a series of on-camera interviews. Fans are well aware of the multiple splits and departures that afflicted the glam metal band throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The other two original members, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, were generally at the center of things. However, Stanley made it plain in the most recent interview that the splits were not just about personality issues, but also about performance.
He initially discussed the distinctions between current guitarist Tommy Thayer and Ace with Rolling Stone Germany.
“Tommy is very, very consistent,” Stanley remarked. He consistently strikes the target, and there’s never any doubt about it.
“I have to confess, there was a fair amount of inconsistent play with Ace. I have to say, you never knew what you were going to receive from night to night.
“As a result, the band is now much, much, much more consistent. We’re always on the same page and on the same page with each other.”
When asked about replacing Peter Criss with drummer Eric Singer, Stanley remarked, “Eric is a terrific drummer…
“Bringing Eric into the band wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. Because of some of the tensions or lack of quality in Peter’s playing at some time, we saw that coming, and it was very evident. As a result, Eric was always ready to come in, and Ace enjoyed playing with him, so everything worked out perfectly. It was a period of transition, but we had a good time.”
But Stanley was quick to emphasize the value of Criss and Frehley to the band, while proclaiming (again) that they had to leave.
“I’m the first to declare that without Ace and Peter in the beginning, the band would not exist today,” Stanley stated.
“I can also state that if Ace and Peter were still alive, the band would not exist today.
“Things move on, and Ace is no exception,” Brinkwire Summary News says.