Paul Stanley would never be friends with Peter Criss or Ace Frehley again.

The KISS singer would never allow the band's former guitarist and drummer - who left in the 80s, but rejoined the band between 1996 and 2002 and 2001 respectively - to play with the group again and claims they were never very close even in their 70s heyday.

Paul exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Friends? No I was never really friends with them. The band was never about friendship, the band was about commitment to a cause, but friendship? We were all very different people.

"I loved them for what we created together, I certainly don't love them today. But the band as it is today is far more the embodiment of what we started than what we became."

When asked when he had last spoke with his former bandmates, Paul said: "I spoke to Ace probably three years ago. Peter I haven't spoken to in probably a decade."

Paul also expanded on the reasons why he could never see the band - now made up of himself and original bassist Gene Simmons with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer - play with their original line up.

He said: "They were instrumental in what we created as a team, but they became impossible and intolerable, on more than one occasion necessitating their removal. And unfortunately when people don't really learn from their mistakes they repeat them. At some point you just lose tolerance. It's ultimately disrespectful to the fans to not give them what they deserve. I don't miss them."

Paul was speaking at a preview of the new KISS Monster Book, a huge three foot by two foot tome which features full color photos from the band's 40 year history, and is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. For more information, visit KissMonsterBook.com

Kiss also release new single 'Hell or Hallelujah' this week and play a sold out show at London's the Forum tonight (04.07.12) to raise funds for Help For Heroes.

  1. by Mrs Stanley 04th Jul 2012 20:48

    I agree. Paul Stanley ftw. Thayer and Singer > the two washed up losers.

  2. by Reg Schofield 04th Jul 2012 22:11

    I used to be a fan , but time and growing up changes how you see a band . That being said , the original line up still had a magic. I understand Peter and Ace fell into bad stuff and i... Read More

  3. by Enter your namemar 05th Jul 2012 03:13

    Paul all u guy r the greatest. I would certainly be a memorable event in Rock history if Peter and Ace would reunte. Its a memrable event now with MONSTER and our new world tour. KISS ARMY FOREVER

  4. by maya 05th Jul 2012 06:58

    Wow, that's pretty hardcore.

    By the way, you might want to fix "reunite" in your title. :D

  5. by kalle@[email protected] 05th Jul 2012 09:44

    That's so fucked up. It's all about the money.
    The should have quit in 2002 after their farewell tour.

  6. by jester99 06th Jul 2012 02:56

    Ace and Peter never should have reunited with Paul, Gene in 96. It was all about money, greed not about musicianship or anything else
    I liked Gene a lot 30+ years ago. I cant stand him... Read More

  7. by hardfuckwoman 06th Jul 2012 19:32

    The truth is you all suck with that boondocks make up and poor music

  8. by hardfuckwoman 06th Jul 2012 19:33

    The truth is you all suck with that boondocks make up and poor music

  9. by szmul moszna 06th Jul 2012 19:35

    The truth is you all suck with that boondocks make up and poor music

  10. by Former KISS fan 06th Jul 2012 22:45

    Paul's feelings will certainly change if KISS' sales and fans drop off as they did in 1982 and again in 1995. KISS, unfortunately has become a tired OLD warhorse dragging around the sa... Read More

  11. by vikthegroover 06th Jul 2012 23:04

    i dk, i dont think the NEED the money... they have tons of it XD
    they keep doing it cause is what they like to do... i think Eric is a great drummer, n tommy plays very good too, not ... Read More

  12. by steve 07th Jul 2012 17:17

    ace and peter are the best kiss is not kiss unless its the original band eric and tommy should not be wearing ace and peter makeup why don't them two wear eric carr and vinny vincent makeup

  13. by Jen 10th Jul 2012 15:48

    I saw Kiss the last 2 times they came around the East Coast..they put on a great show and play all the old classic songs!!

  14. by guy 15th Jul 2012 19:20

    Why would they break up? Does anyone tell you to quit your job? As far as Ace and Peter getting back in the band, Ace is not the same guitarist he used to be (plays very sloppy now) and... Read More

  15. by frank 15th Jul 2012 22:35

    this goes to steve i totally agree with you on this wear the other guys makeup and ace and peters i hope the kiss camp sees this and does something noble like respect ace and pter