GENE SIMMONS hasn't said great things about former KISS members PETER CRISS and ACE FREHLEYin the past . . . but now, he's getting even harsher.
In an interview with "Rolling Stone", Gene said that Peter and Ace were given plenty of chances to remain in the band . . . but they kept blowing it by not growing up and taking things seriously.
(Or at least as seriously as you can while wearing costumes and face-paint.)
Gene says, quote, "I won't stand for drunks and alcoholics who get up onstage and consider it their birthright. I consider it a privilege to get up there and arrive on time and be sober, and I'll be an [A-hole] to anybody who thinks otherwise . . .
"Ace and Peter have had a lifetime of being losers. And not just with drugs and alcohol. They're losers because of wrong decisions. You sleep in the bed you make. How many chances in life do you get?"
(Last year, Gene said that Peter and Ace would be, quote, "the death of the band" if they were still around. Meanwhile, PAUL STANLEY said he was never friends with them.)
Let's remember them when all was still good. Here's their full Houston show from 1977.