Gene Simmons Planning to Quit Touring: 'I'm 64 Now'

Bassist also insists that Frehley and Criss "no longer deserve to wear the paint."

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The latest KISS feud regarding the Rock Hall earned the band a cover story in the new Rolling Stone magazine issue.

During the chat, the band mostly focused on the mentioned feud, but somewhere near the end, Gene Simmons dropped quite a major announcement - his plans to quit touring.

"I'm 64 now," the bassist noted. "Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind."

The rest of the interview mostly features the same Simmons/Stanley Vs. Frehley/Criss jabs, with Gene saying that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss "no longer deserve to wear the paint." The bassist did however admit thinking about his former bandmates all the time. "What are they doing now? Where are they? It's gotta be close to the end. How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?" he wondered.

Sticking to his initial stance, Simmons showed no sympathy, stressing that "the makeup is earned. Just being there at the beginning is not enough ... And if you blow it for yourself, it's your fault. You can’t blame your band members. 'Oh, look what happened to me. Oh, poor me. Look at my little violin.' I have no sympathy," he said.

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    "How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?" Guess what, Gene. Most people can live perfectly comfortable lives without multimillions, I know that's a foreign concept to you and all... What a prick.
    He had 1 thought about his former bandmates lol: "are they ok money-wise" and you're all what a ****ing *******... Not a Ghandi but Simmons (all of Kiss) are Ok in my book.
    "Simmons showed no sympathy, stressing that 'the makeup is earned. Just being there at the beginning is not enough...'" Erm... pardon me if I'm wrong but, didn't they "earn the paint" when they got KISS their stripes in the beginning?
    Ace is almost done doing another solo album thats what hes been doing. Gene you're not in highschool anymore stop acting like it.
    Today: Gene Simmons slams former bandmates Tomorrow: Gene Simmons gets slammed by a bus
    First of all, I enjoy Kiss' music very much and I think that their performances/shows are great and full of energy. But I must admit that I'm kinda looking forward to the retirement of Gene/the whole band. Of course I want to see them live in the future, but at this point, I think it would only be healthy for the Kiss-legacy if the band (Gene and Paul) would step down from their "throne".
    Show some compassion you dolt. People make mistakes and often ruin something good for themselves, but forgive them for their shortcomings and move on. "Classic" KISS would like draw MUCH bigger crowds than the current line-up, and we all know Gene is a money grubbing nut.
    I don't care about people hating on Gene, but quit saying he's a bad bass player. That's horse-shit of the highest order. In my opinion, if any Kiss member should quit it's Paul - the guy simply cannot sing anymore. I love his voice as it was in the old days - an amazing, agile tenor voice. The perfect rock voice. But that's no longer there. If Gene goes, I think Paul should also TBH.
    Just because someone was a good football player doesn't mean they will be when they are 60.. Yes they should be there at the ceremony, but Ace and Peter have not taken car of their musical skills or their bodies, anybody see footage of the reunion tour? It is embarrassing watching them struggle to get their instruments under control. They are being honored for their contribution to the group, Kulick and Carr were in the band longer than both of them anyways. Sure keep on making your "Gene is an *******" comments, he doesn't care, and neither does anyone else. He cofounded one of the most successful bands, screw bands, dynasty or empire. I look forward to the many responses to this post.
    You're so unbelievably wrong. Ace and Peter may not have taken care of their musical skills as much as Gene and Paul (because they don't tour as frequently), but Ace tours frequently and still kicks ass. And watch Eddie Trunks radio anniversary and you'll see Peter clearly still can as well. You have absolutely no proof that they can't, and they did fine on the reunion tour. What's embarrassing is watching Paul and Gene pretend they are still 30 years old. Gene has been HORRIBLE live for the last like 2 decades. He can't sing anymore and hasn't been in a long time! He can still play bass, I will give him that, but he can't sing anymore and it takes him YEARS to move around the stage. Paul is very much the same kind of pathetic, with his voice at an all time low and looking ridiculous for his age. They should take their own advice about not just being there from the beginning, because they certainly haven't earned it anymore than Ace and Peter with the way they play these days. And I say this as a lifelong KISS fan. But Gene has no merit here, and the fact that people believe it is beyond me. The final comments about having no sympathy is so beyond rude. Gene is amazing as a member of KISS, but he's one of the shittiest people on earth.
    I agree with everything you said except that part about Peter still having it - no, he is a terrible drummer since 90s, he is barely mediocre these days; yes, I've seen him play couple times since 90s.
    It's Paul that can't sing anymore and sounds embarrassing. Did you hear him trying to sing "Detroit Rock City" at that sports game (whatever it was) this year? Painful and sad 'cause Kiss are my fave rock band, and Paul at his best was an all-time great. Gene still sings OK.
    Smug Prick Keep bloating about how rich you are because deep down in side you should be considering how lucky you were to mask behind better musicians through your whole career.
    I bet if Gene was the one being told he doesn't deserve to wear the paint, he'd say he was there from the beginning, and Kiss wouldn't be where they are now without him, blah blah blah. What an asshat.
    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...