KISStory will feature new and exclusive interviews with co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons — along with current members, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will be represented through archival interviews.
Peter Criss passed on appearing in the project due to what he felt was too small a fee for his participation. He also did not allow the band to use his signature song, the 1976 co-write “Beth,” in the doc.
Paul Stanley touched upon Criss and Frehley not taking part in the retrospective, telling Ultimate Classic Rock: “It’s sad, but that kind of fits into the whole dynamic. We did the best we could. We tried numerous times in all different ways to have them be part of it, but this idea of final editing and money and this and that. . . It was like, ‘No, your involvement doesn’t warrant that.’ And who ultimately loses out in a situation like this? They do. I don’t really want to trash those guys, because we wouldn’t be here today if they hadn’t been in the band — and we wouldn’t be here today if they still were.”