In a new interview, longtime KISS manager Doc McGhee sheds some light on whether all the original members of KISS might be on stage together at some point during the End of the Road Tour. The long and short of it is, it’s not looking good for Catman Peter Criss.
In a KISStory spanning interview with Vinyl Writer Music, McGhee drops quite a few hints that Criss, original drummer and co-founder of the group, is the least likely OG member of the band to come back and play and that the band isn’t even in contact with him. This seems like a different tune than what McGhee was singing in 2019, when he said they had reached out to Criss to be on the tour.
When asked about the “near-constant speculation if Ace (Frehley) or Peter will be joining the band on stage (during the final tour)”, McGhee repsonds: “Honestly, I don’t know. You can invite them, but they may not come. They may come, they may not come, and we might not invite them. We’ve talked to them, and we’ve talked about it. Well, we don’t talk to Peter, but we do talk to Ace. We haven’t talked to Peter in a long time.”
One of the significant shifts in journey of KISS came when Criss bowed out of the band in 1979 after it was widely reported that he simply stopped playing during some of the their shows. His next intersection with the band comes when Criss and Frehley came back for the 1996 KISS MTV Unplugged performance, leading to an instantly sold-out Reunion Tour the next year. McGhee doles out praise for Criss in looking back on that moment.
“So when we started talking with Ace and Peter, getting them in shape, and getting ready to do, it all just fell into place. I mean, I don’t think we could have done it without those guys, not by any means. I don’t think anybody would…