KISS’s Paul Stanley has ruled out a band reunion with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Last year Paul joined forces with Ace in the studio for the first time in almost two decades to lay down a cover of the 1970 free track ‘Fire and Water’, lifted from Ace’s covers album 'Origins Vol.1'.
The collaboration prompted speculation among fans that this could open the door for Ace’s return to KISS – gossip that was later bolstered by Ace’s claims that a reunion was a “possibility” and “could be great.”
Now, in a fresh interview with Billboard, Paul Stanley has categorically shut down any rumours surrounding a reunion.
Asked whether KISS will ever join forces with Ace and Peter again, Paul said: “No. And that's not coming from any place of animosity.
“I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is - I've played with Eric Singer for I think 25 years and Tommy's (Thayer) been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of re-visiting the past.
“With that said I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from.”
The four original members last shared a stage together in public at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April 2014.