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KISS Slam Original Members

Rock Radio reports: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss say their 1996 reunion with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss was a disaster mired with delusion. In an attack thinly veiled by not using their ex-bandmates’ names, frontman Stanley and bassist Simmons have criticized the band’s original guitarist and drummer in the era the band put their makeup back on and recorded the Psycho Circus album.

The reunion ended with Criss leaving in 2001 and Frehley’s contract being allowed to expire the following year. The band continued with Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on guitar despite original plans to split up. Now Stanley tells the Detroit Free Press: “What I learned towards the end of the farewell was, I didn’t want to say farewell to Kiss – I wanted to say farewell to some of the members.” [A refresher, Paul is talking about when they scammed fans with their bogus farewell tour.]

“It was magical at the beginning. But ultimately the only magic I wanted was to make certain people disappear. It had the potential to be much more than a reunion tour but it quickly became clear it couldn’t progress…. I think we had people who were delusional about their songwriting and musical abilities.”

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