‘We couldn’t be here today with them’: Paul Stanley brushes aside larger Kiss reunion

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Kiss appears set for some sort of appearance featuring its original lineup as part of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. But Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons aren’t considering any larger-scale reunion.

“It’s like you have great memories of former girlfriends, or whatever,” Stanley says in this Artisan News clip, “but it doesn’t mean you want to spend time with them.”

Stanley and Simmons formed Kiss in 1973 with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Frehley was in the group through 1982, and then again from 1996–2002. Criss only lasted through 1980, but has made two returns — from 1996–2001 and then from 2002–04.

“The trouble with getting together with certain people is that you remember why you got separated,” Stanley adds. “We wouldn’t be here today without them, and we couldn’t be here today with them.”

Kiss has moved on with current members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Together, the group issued its 20th studio album in 2012, called Monster.

“That was then, this is now,” Simmons adds. “I would not be up on stage with anybody else except these three guys.”

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