Every surviving member of KISS has been approached about potentially appearing in the band’s last show, which is set for July 17, 2021 in New York City.
KISS manager Doc McGhee revealed that founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley, original drummer Peter Criss, lead guitarist (‘80s and ‘90s) Bruce Kulick and the band’s second lead guitarist, Vinnie Vincent, had all been contacted.
The question came up during a Q&A session on the band’s 9th KISS Kruise, a five-day fan-focused cruise sailing from Miami to Honduras.
“Ace and Peter will be and have been invited to come and play with us at anytime,” McGhee said.
“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 admitted that having previous band members be part of the show would be “real hard to do” … such as makeup.
“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?” he said.
“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.
“…but we’ll figure it out because they’re very much a part of the heritage of KISS.”
Former KISS members who are no longer with us include Eric Carr, who drummed for the band between 1980 until his death in 1991, and Mark St. John, who played on 1984’s Animalize album.