Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has commented again on the ongoing war of words between himself and his former bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
Last month, Ace threatened to reveal “some dirt that nobody knows about Paul and Gene” if they didn’t apologize for slamming KISS‘s original lineup during a recent appearance on “The Howard Stern Show”. The following week, during an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Ace said that he “got a five-second phone call” from Paul Stanley “which said, ‘Fuck you, Ace. I’m not gonna apologize,’ and hung up.”
In a new interview, which took place this past Thursday (April 27) on “Shredd And Ragan In The Morning” on Buffalo, New York’s 97 Rock radio station, Ace touched on the phone call from Paul, saying (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Yeah, he cursed me out. I don’t know. I guess he was having a rough day. That didn’t sit well with him. But he’s hot and cold anyway — sometimes he’s really sweet; sometimes he can be not so sweet. I just let it roll off my back.”
Ace continued: “I remember in the first interview on Eddie Trunk, I said I was gonna reveal some dirt. But after speaking to a couple of close friends, and speaking to Eddie as well, they said I should really take the high road. And that’s what I did the second interview.”
Amidst the current bad blood between him and his former KISS bandmates, Ace seems to look back fondly on his time with KISS.
“We’re all rock and roll brothers,” he said. “And we still have a love for each other, even though I’m not working for them anymore.”
Paul Stanley‘s actual comment that caused this latest round of rivalry between the former band mates came two months ago during KISS‘s appearance on “The Howard Stern Show”. Radio host Howard Stern asked Stanley why he and Simmons didn’t perform with Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.
Stanley responded: “[The Rock Hall organizers] were demanding, quite honestly, that we play with the two original guys, Peter and Ace, and at this point, that would be demeaning to the [current KISS] band, and also would give some people confusion. ‘Cause if you saw people on stage who looked like KISS but sounded like that, maybe we should be called PISS.”
Gene Simmons also commented, saying: “We’ve been all over the world, through decades, with this present lineup. It bears noting I’ve never seen a single banner or sign that mentions any other lineup. When Tommy takes a solo, ‘Tommy! Tommy!’ That’s me backstage going, ‘Tommy!’ When Eric takes a solo, ‘Eric! Eric!’ They’re pumping their fists. It’s legitimate. Nobody is in KISS and doing it by the numbers.”
The final leg of KISS‘s North American tour commences in October and will wrap up with two concerts on December 1 and December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.