Gene Simmons has no “friends” and prefers his own company.
The KISS rocker says his closest relationship is with bandmate Paul Stanley, and they only get together when the band has something to do.
Speaking to Goldmine magazine, he said: “Even today, when I’m sitting here, apart from Paul, the only time we get together is when we’re doing something for the band.
“How do I say this without sounding inhumane?
“Yeah, if friends means, ‘God, I don’t know what I’m going to do this afternoon.’ Hey, do you want to come and play?’
“I’m more interested in what I want to do, and I don’t want to pretend I’m interested in what you want to do because I’m not.”
Meanwhile, Paul previously shared that he thinks KISS can continue without him and Gene.
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Reflecting on the band’s future after its last two members retire, he said: “I think a KISS remake or KISS 2.0 is not something we’ve ever talked about.
“Can KISS continue and can it grow without us? Well, yes, because it’s already 50 percent.
“In other words, there was a time when people said, ‘Well, it can only be the original four.’ [And then] it was, “Well, it can only be the original three.” Well, everything goes on and circumstances change.”
He admitted that despite his self-confidence, the band is “bigger than any of the members” and he doesn’t rule out future iterations with a different line-up.
He explained: “Can I see KISS developing with the other personnel? Yes.
“As much as I’m a big fan of what I do — and I think I’m pretty damn good — there are other people around who could pick up the torch and bring something to the philosophy, to the live shows, and to the music. That would be KISS. It wouldn’t be KISS 2.0.
“If it were to happen, yes, it would just be a continuation of the philosophy that we’ve always followed, which is that KISS is bigger than any member.”
However, Ace, who first left the group in 1982 and then returned again between 1996 and 2002, previously dismissed the idea.
He claimed: “They’re trying to reason with the fans, ‘Well, you know, we’ve replaced Peter, we’ve replaced Ace, and eventually we’re going to replace ourselves.
“It’s like Mick Jagger saying, ‘Yeah, after me and Keith.’ [Richards], die, The Rolling Stones continue with two other guys.” I mean, it’s a joke.’