Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons Get Into a War of Words
KISS, is on their farewell tour. That’s what the tour bill says anyways, but ever since their farewell run was announced there has been a question amongst fans of which KISS alumni might turn up at shows. During a recent chat with Guitar World (as transcribed by Ultimate Classic Rock), Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons get into that very discussion, talking about who might and might not be welcome.
The first names to come up are original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Simmons says that while the two onetime members will not be invited back on a permanent basis, the door is open for appearances. “Ace and Peter have gotten three chances,” the bassist states. “They were in and out of the band — fired — three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren’t carrying their load. … So the short answer to your question is we’d love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don’t, it’s not going to be because of us. But they’re never going to be in KISS again.”
He went on to add, “Three times is the charm; ‘I promise I’ll pull out’ doesn’t work. It’s the boy who cried wolf: ‘Oh, I’ve been straight for a million years.’ Terrific! Have a good life! … Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace of Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your life.”
Frehley responded angrily on social media that he wasn’t fired three times, but that he quit twice because Simmons and Paul Stanley are “control freaks, untrustworthy and were too difficult to work with!” Frehley also stated that Simmons’ repeated “slanderous” references to his substance abuse issues have “cost me millions of dollars and now that I’m over 12 years sober you’re still saying I can’t be trusted to play a whole nights show!”
Frehley then really unleashed on the pair. “I’ve tried to be nice and friendly by inviting you and Paul to perform on my past albums for eOne Music,” he continued, “give each of you guys one of my prized Gibson Les Paul ’59 models, but today’s comments have made me realize you’re just an jerk and a sex addict who’s being sued by multiple women, and you’re just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!”
“The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back, when I was trying to help you out at one of your ‘Vault Experiences‘ which I only found out about several weeks later,” revealed Frehley. “She was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!”
The guitarist ended his post by demanding a “complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing Tommy [Thayer] from the throne that I created.”