Gene Simmons: 'Ace and Peter Will Not Perform with Kiss at Rock Hall of Fame'

"When you have a cancer in your system, it's best to cut it out," says bassist.

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Gene SimmonsM has been speaking to Radio.Com about Kiss' recent nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As Simmons notes, if the band is inducted, they won’t be re-uniting with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss: "No. How many chances in life do you get? When you stick your hand in fire, you get burned the first time. Fire and nature doesn't care if you're a good guy or a bad guy. Both of those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they f--ked it up. They were every bit as important as we were at the formation of the band and they would have been the ruin of the band if they had continued to be in the band.

When you have a cancer in your system, it's best to cut it out as fast as you can. It used to be a part of your body; it turned into cancer. You gotta cut it out." Simmons also states that he believe Ace and Peter are happier not being in the band: "I believe that both Ace and Peter are happier now. They're healthier, they both look fine. When they were in the band, they were both on junk, or crack or alcohol. Clearly not a healthy place for them. They belong home doing autograph shows in clubs. They're happier." The bassist also talked about his view that religion is good for mankind: "I think religion is terrific. Religion is good for mankind. Without the Ten Commandments, Jews gave you that, without that, there'd be chaos. Somebody had to say 'Hey, here's some good ideas, don't steal and don't kill.' Those are good ideas, that's called civilization. There was once upon a time where those things weren't written down. We had chaos. I mean, we still have chaos, but at least we have a reference point; the rules of war, 'don't kill,' 'don't steal.' Some guidelines. Those are good ideas."

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    DickHardwood
    Douchebag.
    s7peterson
    "hello I am gene simmons. I am the most money grubbing bastard you will ever meet. I refuse to allow members in my band if they realize I am an *******." he implies in every interview..
    bit64
    You know Gene,theft and murder were considered crimes even without the ten commandments.Nice try,but epic fail.
    GeriatricNinja
    Seems to also think civilization didn't exist anywhere in the world pre- 1 BC
    Eifler121
    Umm, you guys are all aware that the ten commandments have very little to do with Jesus, other than that they're in the same book? The ten commandments were Moses, long time before Jesus. Some might even say a different religion. Way to go UG.
    bit64
    i know.The guy is refering to the Jewish religion,since he is also Jewish.Still,even before Moses times,there were many advanced societies with laws and everything that were completely irrelevant to Jewish.
    enrico.palazzo.
    "Before Moses times"? "With laws and everything"? "Irrelevant to Jewish"? Tell me something, you ignorant, illiterate ass; can you actually make it all the way through a ****ing "Dick & Jane" book without moving your lips even once?
    bit64
    By what did you figure that i am illiterate and ignorant?Furthermore,what does qualify you as an intellectual,educated person,superior enough to call me an ass?Stop reading "Dick and Jane" and fυck off.
    mykfridley
    Actually he's right. You can find many ideologies found in the Judeo/Christian religion in much older beliefs. Perhaps you could open your mind to some new ideas and perhaps you could be less "ignorant".
    theclassicrock
    And does he really believe that people didnt realize that theft and murder were wrong until someone wrote it on a rock?
    trentonlambert
    Come on, Gene. Even Metallica had Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted come out and play at that 30th Anniversary concert.
    Izzy-Sweet
    "They belong home doing autograph shows in clubs." Holy f*cking sh*t, Gene! Saying you don't want them in the band is fair enough, but claiming that they should be below you is just disgusting! On talent alone, Ace should be much bigger than Kiss, let's face it, their music's been NOTHING since the 70's.
    SocksAndTrees
    An article with Gene Simmons talking about religion. UG you're really rustling some jimmies now.
    HmhWolf
    "When you have a cancer in your system, it's best to cut it out as fast as you can." How come you haven't been cut out yet, Gene? Ace may be crazy, and I know ****-all about Peter Criss, but at least they know when to keep their mouths shut.
    trentonlambert
    I believe it was "Destroyer" and "Rock and Roll Over" that made Kiss the awesome band they were, not "Animalize" and "Crazy Nights".
    dtmaiden
    So, according to Gene, there's rules of engagement in the Decalogue? Damn, I need to read Gene's version of the Bible. Also, comparing Criss and Frehley to cancer is disproportionate, downright offensive and a real dick move. So bravo Gene, I think even less of you now than I did when you created Gene's Family Jewels.
    h2oman1972
    Not having Ace and Peter at the HOF induction (if KISS gets in) would be in poor taste. Given Ace and Peter's contributions to the overall success of KISS (especially in the beginning), their absence would be a travesty to the legacy of the band. Ace and Peter deserve as much credit to KISS's success as Paul and Gene do. As for Gene talking religion, I believe it was Gene who said, "An idiot who quotes the Bible is still an idiot".
    cory_i
    LOL religion is the single greatest blight on human history.
    Maiden95
    God, Gene has just become an even bigger f***in a**hole then ever. He has this misplaced sense of self righteousness that is just making him an even bigger joke than his awful hair. And now he's just assuming Kiss gets in to the Hall HAHA. Oh and by the way.. Religion is not good for mankind..
    0zzmosis
    This is unfortunate. I'm sure it would mean the world to Ace and Peter.
    repoman2112
    Gene should just get onstage and play with himself. That's all he ever wanted anyway.
    dooncan
    It's like he's trying to get everyone to hate him. And he's doing a damn good job.
    aaroncaper
    later in the news "gene simmons trolls entire UG community" all seriousness though this guy is a retard
    Mata121
    Without the Ten Commandments, Jews gave you that, without that, there'd be chaos. Somebody had to say 'Hey, here's some good ideas, don't steal and don't kill.' Wow, just wow.
    christianonbass
    Will Ace and Peter be present at the ceremony? They SHOULD be honored. It was the original Kiss that was innovative and changed the course of live performances. I am not saying they must play together. Maybe Peter and Ace don't want to rehearse with their old band mates, and I can't say I blame them! But they should be there!
    christianonbass
    BTW Gene, seeing that you are into the Bible now, I am sure you agree with the Book of Malachi (which is in the Jewish OT) and give ten percent of your income to charity? Or do you "steal" it back from God?
    AdamLeMoine
    See, this is why no one likes KISS. It's not for the music, it's for the business.
    Crimson Ghost
    A lot of people like KISS. Also, this article actually has nothing to do with business. If KISS reunited with Ace and Peter for the Hall of Fame, business would be even better for them. Gene is just stating that they were difficult to be around because of their addictions and that he won't work with them because he doesn't feel it's what's best for the band.
    sykoticg
    say what you will about Simmons. he may be the biggest douchebag to walk the earth but MOST bands DON'T survive 40 years for nothing! true, he needs to keep his big yap shut off-stage but on-stage? NOBODY can touch KISS live! they deserve their chance just like anybody else who's WORTHY of the R&R H.O.F.!!!
    Hamham272
    I saw them live in 2005. They were awful and the stunts were a gimmick to distract from the obvious lack of enthusiasm from the band. Alice Cooper blew them out of the water that night and I can name 20 bands I have seen live that are far superior in showmanship, musical ability and even on-stage stunts (Rammstein eats them in this respect).
    ttuskey
    There's a lot of crap in the RnRHOF, so I guess its a coin-toss as to whether or not they get in.
    chuckurock
    You all read to much in to this...First of all not one of you have said any thing about how Asshole(Axl)Rose didn't show up and I feel that was disrespectful for us fans. second, Not only should Ace and Peter be invited they should bring Vinnie and pay homage to the falling Generals of the Kiss Army Eric Carr, John Saint John.... any and all members of a band that makes the Hall of Fame deserves to have there contribution acknowledged. It's not up to the band to say who shows up but is up to the current members who decides if they want to invite past members to play with them at the ceremonies....FYI: It was Kiss ALIVE that put them over the top and saved Casablanca records.....note for Gene: Shut up and play, know one cares about the chip on your shoulder or who sober you are.. we choose to escape from reality and that is what a KISS concert is all about.
    tjw_1959
    Number 1: Who needs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as validation? Number 2: Ace and Peter were as important to the band as Paul and Gene. Some of the heaviest, best songs were written by Ace. After Ace and Peter were kicked out was when KISS no longer existed.
    Slow as B.B
    Gene can go **** himself. I don't see him as a respectable, legendary rock star, he's nothing more than a pathetic twat.
    moolguy
    What a ****ing *******!!!!! I hate that douche! Why is he still on this Earth?!
    FlameOn
    Don't knock all of Kiss for Gene's yap. I'd bet the other guys (particularly Paul) have a different opinion or would at least word it more tactfully than Gene. Paul and Gene have had differences of opinion over the years. Going OT a bit, I am a huge fan but I wonder if they should retire. Paul's voice is shot (a shame, as it was amazing for about 30 odd years since the band's start) and he sings most of the hits =(.
    AwesomeOne3
    They are nominated. It's not official if they're gonna be in the rock hall. I hope they do though. But they should leave Gene behind.
    thevikings
    I'm just upset that Kiss and bands alike get inducted to the RnR hall of fame.
    sirflying
    Gene and Paul did NOT carry the KISS Brand forward..The Kiss Brand carried them!!! The Brand was equally built by the original 4. Gene and Paul whine about how they had to work to keep KISS going when it was KISS that actually kept them going and paying their Bills. That does not give them any more claim to the Brand then Ace and Peter. In fact the only way KISS could kick hind ends these days is if Ace and Peter played with them as they are still Men.. Gene and Paul are Clucking Old Hens...