GUITARIST ACE FREHLEY ON HIS FORMER KISS BANDMATES, “IT’S A SHAME THAT THE PRESS [IMPLIES] THAT WE ALL HATE EACH OTHER”
On September 21st, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show Trunk Nation.
When asked if he still stays in touch with any of his former New York City bandmates, Frehley replied (via blabbermouth.net), “I exchange messages with those guys from time to time. Gene [Simmons] gave me a phone call a couple of weeks ago, actually, and I still haven’t gotten back to him. I’ve been so preoccupied with moving and unpacking and designing… I’m the architect for this new studio [I am building at my new house in New Jersey], so I’ve been pretty jammed up. But I will get back to Gene. I speak to Paul [Stanley] from time to time. I speak to [Peter Criss’s wife] Gigi and Peter. So we’re all friends.”
“It’s a shame that the press makes it out that we all hate each other,” he continued. “After what we created and what we accomplished over the last 40 years — me and Peter, Paul and Gene being the founding members of KISS — there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be friends and let bygones be bygones.”
Addressing whether Frehley would like to play with his former bandmates one more time, before the band is retired, the guitarist replied, “I think it’s a possibility, but they’d have to reach deep into their pockets. I’m not getting up on stage for free, I can tell you that right now. I’m doing it because I love it, but I also love the money and I also love my Jaguar and my new Escalade and my new house, and I have all those things because of the music business and my fans, I give my fans 110 percent, and they give me 110 percent, so it works both ways. But Paul and Gene absolutely have admitted numerous times, they’re in it for the money — sometimes more so than the music. I’m not gonna get up there for free, and I don’t think any of my fans would expect me to. But I think my fans would love to see me up there.”