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."