Original KISS stars Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley shared the stage for the first time in 16 years at only last week, but KISS bassist Gene Simmons has insisted it was a one-off. The two played together at a benefit show in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey in St Paul, Minnesota.

Simmons was asked about the possibility during an interview with The Cassius Morris Show. Simmons told the program, “That’s not gonna happen. Ace has been in and out of the band three different times. That’s enough.”

That said, Simmons has co-written two new songs with Frehley for the guitarist’s upcoming solo album. But Simmons’ rejection of any long-term reunion echo those of frontman Paul Stanley who addressed the idea of Ace returning to the group earlier in 2017 in an interview with Billboard. Stanley told the music publication he had no interest in it.

Ace and Gene of KISS

Stanley said, “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 [Thayer, guitars] has been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting 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.”

Simmons says he is unsure whether KISS will record a new album ever again, anyway. But Frehley has been quite vocal in recent years about his hopes to be part of KISS again.