Kiss reveals that every surviving ex-member were approached for the final show

News 08/11/2019

Kiss band's manager, Doc McGhee has revealed that every surviving ex-member of the band has been approached about taking part in the final performance.

The final show is scheduled to take place on 17th July 2021 in New York City, the finale to their three-year End of the Road world tour that was announced recently.

The band's surviving ex-members include founding member, Ace Frehley, drummer Peter Criss, lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, and second lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent.

"Ace and Peter will be and have been invited to come and play with us at anytime," McGhee said during a Q&A session on the annual Kiss Kruise event. "Like I always say, people in New York would love to see Joe Namath still play football for the Jets. Unfortunately, he can't. We want to include everybody that played with Kiss to celebrate the 45 years of Kiss."

McGhee also noted that they were still discussing the plans for what they're going to do on the final show, especially if they're including ex-members. "It's very difficult, though, when people say, 'Oh, you should bring Ace and Peter up.' I mean, 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 go, 'Well, that was my makeup.' I don't know."

He admitted that it was a difficult task, "but we'll figure it out because they're very much a part of the heritage of Kiss. They're acknowledged by Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] and everybody in this room as being founding members and some of the reasons why we're sitting here. So, it's important to you guys; it's important to us. It's just a matter of the balance. We bring it where it works for everybody, and everybody is having a great time."

McGhee also agrees with Stanley's summation of the situation saying, "They could not have done what they'd done without Ace and Peter … and they couldn't do what they're doing now with Ace and Peter."