KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently told Australia's Queensland Courier Mail that the group's current lineup — which includes original drummer Peter Criss and new guitarist Tommy Thayer — is "stable". "Peter Criss is playing better than he's played in years," he said. "Whatever he needed to sort out and put in perspective, he's done.

"It's great to have Tommy Thayer on board. The band moving forward is always more important than anybody's personal agenda."

When asked to clarify Ace Frehley's status in the band, Stanley said, "That's done. At some point you get tired of cajoling someone into doing what they don't want to do. And unless you want to be here, you don't deserve to be here."

When questioned if that means Frehley won't be rejoining the band anytime soon, Paul replied, "I think you can remove 'anytime soon' from that statement."

KISS' latest CD, "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV", sold 41,015 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release, landing the effort at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart. The live album was recorded in February at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, Australia, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Children's Choir. A DVD of the show, dubbed "Kiss Symphony", will surface on September 9.

KISS and AEROSMITH begin a coheadlining tour in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 2. SALIVA and the PORCH GHOULS are the opening acts for the shows.

(Thanks: Andrzej 'UNJAY' Adamcewicz)


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