Paul Stanley Recalls 'Cancer' Of KISS Reunion
(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says the band's reunion with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for 1998's Psycho Circus was such a nightmare that it almost put him off the idea of making another album.
The project followed the successful 1996/97 reunion tour that delivered the first shows with the guitarist and drummer since 1979's Dynasty trek. The 13-month run saw the original Kiss lineup perform 192 dates in 25 countries on its way to grossing US$143.7 million and their most successful tour to date.
Stanley has referenced the poor attitudes and work ethic of his former bandmates over the years while co-founder Gene Simmons says there's no chance of any future reunions with the pair despite their induction into the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
But Stanley reveals things were not well within the Kiss camp as they began work on their first album together since Dynasty (Criss did not perform but is credited on 1980's Unmasked).
The frontman tells Chris Jericho's "Talk Is Jericho" podcast: "Everything was wrong. Psycho Circus was kind of like the result of a cancer that was building. We had gotten back together - we brought those guys back - and they were just completely apologetic and remorseful and thankful to be back."
"And we never said they were gonna be equal partners. Why would they be equal partners? The band had existed without them. So, that being said, nobody should start a collection, although they might need it now."
Stanley declares: "Those guys won the lottery twice. And when they came back, they were pretty broke. And we could take 'pretty' out of that. And yet it wasn't too long after things started to happen again that they started doing the same stuff. And it just became ugly and no fun."
Stanley reveals some of the behind the scenes antics that he and Simmons were faced with from Criss and Frehley.
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