KISS manager Doc McGhee reports all of the band’s ex-members have been contacted about final show
KISS‘ long-time manager Doc McGhee was interviewed on the KISS Kruise IX, which took place from October 30 to November 4, 2019. McGhee was asked about former KISS band members’ potential participation during the group’s End of The Road World Tour to which he replied (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx):
“I think Paul [Stanley] said it the best. They could not have done what they’ve done without Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss]. OK? And they couldn’t do what they’re doing now with Ace and Peter.”
McGhee continued: “Yeah, listen. We want, we want to include everybody that played with KISS to celebrate the 45 years of KISS and everybody, Vinnie Vincent and everybody else [inaudible] that have passed away that have played with KISS is part of this celebration of 45 years so we’re still looking at what we’re going to do on the final show of KISS, which will be coming at some point to you soon [scheduled for July 17, 2021 in New York City, New York, USA]. Yes. They’ve all been talked to about it and so I can see us doing something… It’s very difficult though when people say, “Oh, you should bring Ace and Peter up.” I mean, how do you do that when you have two Catman and two Spaceman. So you say, “OK. You don’t wear make up and you wear make up.” And then they [Ace Frehley and Peter Criss] go, “Well, that was my make up.” I don’t know. So it’s real hard to do but we’ll figure it out because they’re very much a part of the heritage of KISS. They’re acknowledged by Gene [Simmons] and Paul, and everybody in this room as former members [inaudible]. It’s important to you guys. It’s important to us. It’s just a matter of the balance. We bring it where it works for everybody and everybody is having a great time.”
Video from Rock and Roll Experience with Mike Brunn showing excerpt of question and answer session with Doc McGhee on KISS Kruise IX:
KISS Kruise IX – Doc McGee talks about having Vinnie Vincent, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss final show
Sorry for the bad background noise. Way too many people were chatting, and I couldn’t find a good spot.