Ace Frehley Doesn’t Like to Mix Music and Politics
It looks like Ace Frehley isn’t a fan of musicians like Axl Rose voicing their political opinion on social media. While he didn’t single out Rose he did say in general he doesn’t like entertainers or musicians mixing politics and music.
“I hate politics,” he said on the Juliet: Unexpected podcast (embedded below). “I don’t like talking politics, and I don’t think politics and music mix. I really frown on musicians who get up on a platform and start talking about the president or complain about – I just don’t think it belongs. I’m an entertainer. There’s no reason to bring up politics. Let me play my guitar and write songs and entertain people. That’s my job.”
Still, when pressed, Frehley offers some specific ideas about who we should approach such discourse.
“Let me say this about Trump,” he said. “Whether you love him or hate him, if you’re an American and you’re a patriot, you should get behind your president. He was elected. We live under the Constitution of the United States, and you’re supposed to support your president. Love him or hate him, you’re supposed to support him, or go move to another country. … Being American, we have the right to free speech, and I’m all for everybody putting their two cents in on everything, but when musicians or actors get really verbal and jump on a bandwagon against our government, I don’t agree with that.”
Two months ago, Frehley put out a new album called Spaceman, which features his former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons playing bass on two cuts. He’s planning to promote it in 2019 with a tour where he’ll open for Alice Cooper. Details have yet to be announced, but Frehley said it’s likely to be held over five weeks in July and August.