acefrehley300pix Jon Wiederhorn of Revolver spoke with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley about the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. The interview appears in its entirety below.

Revolver: What happened, from your perspective, in regards to a possible KISS reunion performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction?

Ace Frehley: Originally, the Hall of Fame asked all four of us to do a reunion and that was presented to each original member who is being inducted. Then some time went by, and I heard a couple weeks back that Paul and Gene decided to perform with Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. And I had gone on the Eddie Trunk show earlier, about a month prior to the last time I went on, and I was saying, “Yeah, it would be great if we did a reunion.” It was shot down, but I think I led the fans to believe there was going to be a reunion. With tickets going on sale the following Monday, I decided to go on Ed Trunk’s show a couple weeks back when I was in Las Vegas recording. I just wanted to let the fans know that last I heard, Paul and Gene decided not to perform with me and Peter [Criss] and opted to perform with Tommy and Eric. It got a lot of people pissed off, but I had to lay it out because I didn’t want fans buying tickets for an event they weren’t going to see. Last I heard, there’s going to be no performance. There has been a lot of negotiating behind closed doors and I’m sworn to secrecy. But last I heard, there’s just going to be no performance. I don’t know what the reason is. And at this point, I don’t care because it was renting so much space in my head, it was affecting my creativity and finishing up my record.

Revolver: You got onstage with Peter at Eddie Trunk’s birthday party. That was the first time you had played with him in 13 years. Did you see that as a litmus test for future performances together?

Ace Frehley: Since me and Peter have gone our own ways, we haven’t made any plans to tour together in the future. But it was just a special event for Ed, and both myself and Peter are good friends with Eddie Trunk. He has always supported our careers with KISS and without KISS. So it was something I wanted to do for Ed and it was a lot of fun. I’ve been reading stuff on the Internet and Paul and Gene have been insinuating that maybe Peter and myself don’t have it anymore, which is a load of crap. We proved otherwise at Eddie’s party, but aside from that, it’s very misleading. I think somehow they wanted to validate the current lineup. I don’t have a problem with the current lineup. It is what it is–it’s half a KISS cover band.

But the event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is about the four original members. Nobody else is being inducted except the four. If Tommy and Eric were being inducted as well, along with Bruce [Kulick] and Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent–yeah, why not.

Revolver: Why didn’t the Hall of Fame nominate everyone who has been in the band? Paul had some complaints about that earlier, saying everyone who has ever played on a Red Hot Chili Peppers record has been nominated, why not everyone who has ever played with KISS?

Ace Frehley: I don’t want to take any potshots at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a cool organization. But it is what it is. Obviously, Paul brought out the inconsistencies. They bend their own rules. I don’t want to get political though because I hate politics. I’ve always said to keep politics and music separate.

source: revolvermag.com

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  • Devin on

    Go Ace!!! Prove them wrong Again. When kiss can’t sell any Moore tickets they will come looking for you again. No ones got the moves or style like Ace….

    • Dwayne Cole on

      Not likely but, Ace is cool.

    • SUS on

      ACE, You are a major reason KISS is what it is–We wanted the best and got the Best–the hottest band in the world—–As a KISS Army member since 1975–I want the four original members perform!
      ACE /Peter/ Paul and Gene—–Please perform!!!

  • John on

    I don’t think Ace or Peter ever said they want back in the band, they just wanted to play at the hall of fame ceremony.
    I’m sure it wouldve been great, I think that Paul & Gene didn’t want to be put in a position where they had no choice but bring Ace & Peter back for more than one show.
    So we’re stuck with new Kiss, which I still like, but its like watching new Muppet movies after Jim Henson died…it looks & acts like Kermit but it aint quite right.

  • Scott on

    I really think that if one more story about KISS is posted…..ummmmmmmm….Dana might snap. 🙂

    • Dana on

      LOL Scott! Thank you for always making me laugh 🙂

      D 🙂

  • DR on

    Gotta give Ace full credit. The high road looks real good on him.

    • Abner Devereaux on

      Yes, the “high” road. very well put

    • Klaus Baumgarten on

      Rubbish! You are echoing G & P.

  • scott gul on

    Ive seen some of Ace recent touring on youtube…helluva gut hes grown, and his Kiss songs arent painfully bad…but hardly A+ material. Certainly Ace is past his prime live as they all are……of course they can still pull it off though. I’d rather see no make up , 3-4 songs with different line ups each one

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