Ace Frehley Fires Back At Gene Simmons

Ace Frehley Fires Back At Gene Simmons

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley took time out to counter some of Gene Simmons' recent remarks against him and Peter Criss. Blabbermouth reported that during an appearance on New York City's Q104.3, Frehley touched upon Kiss' probable entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, and Simmons' recent inference that Frehley and Criss would not be performing with Kiss if they get the nod. Frehley said: "I'm happy that I'm gonna be inducted -- most likely -- next year, in April, in New York City, and it should be be a great event. There's no way Gene can put a lid on it. I mean, what's he gonna do?"

Frehley, who's clearly stung by Simmons seemingly constant attacks on his "blown opportunities" with Kiss and his substance abuse problems went on to take a few knocks of his won against the Kiss bassist, saying, "Gene's living in the past. He's become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he's not respected by his peers; he's pissed off thousands of fans; he's never had a hit single, like I've had. I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn't. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and (Jimi) Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison. . . it's endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What's he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people."

He addressed his non-involvement in the officially sanctioned career spanning Kiss documentary, You Wanted The Best You Got The Best, which is being directed by Alan G. Parker, explaining, "I found it very weird that, instead of getting a call from Gene or (Kiss manager) Doc McGhee or Paul (Stanley), because they're behind this documentary, instead of getting a call from them, I get a call from my bodyguard, and he got a call from Kiss' bodyguard about me doing an interview for this documentary. They tried to go through the back door -- probably because they don't wanna pay me any money, as usual, and it left a bad taste in my mouth, and I just passed on it.”

He went on to say: "You want me to do a documentary? Let me know how much money you're making, give me my fair share, and I'll sit down and talk. You don't wanna do it that way? Forget about it. . . If Kiss is behind the documentary, Paul and Gene are making the lion's share of the funds.”

In 2006, four years after Ace Frehley left Kiss for the last time, Paul Stanley reached out to him when the band's DVD Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977 hit Number One on Billboard's Comprehensive Music Videos chart: ["I called Ace up, and we were on the phone, and I said, 'Y'know, man, I was watching that footage and just thinking there's no way we could fail.' And he really put it very well -- he said, 'Y'know, we were really hungry.' And it wasn't about being hungry for money, and it wasn't even hungry for fame -- we were hungry to rock, and we were hungry to be Kiss, and that was the core of what set this all in motion."

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