GETTING MORE TALE #734: The Spaceman’s Wife and the Demon Sex Addict
“Guitars, Makeup and Murder”
Today, another in a long string of sad days in KISStory, we will dissect Ace Frehley’s incendiary statement to his ex-bandmate Gene Simmons. (If it was written by Ace at all. The statement appeared on Ace’s wife’s Facebook 22 minutes before it appeared on his.) He was responding to a recent Gene Simmons quote:
Gene – “They [Peter Criss and Ace Frehley] 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.”
Ace has been quite clear in recent months – he wants to be back in Kiss for their End of the Road tour. The fans would be on board for that. Kiss, meanwhile, continually shoot down these hopes, while proclaiming their show to be the best live performance ever. They have questioned Ace’s ability to do a gruelling tour like this. It seems Frehley has had enough of Gene’s trash talk. Perhaps on his next covers album, Ace should tackle “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, because it sure sounds like he ain’t gonna take it anymore!
Let’s look at Ace’s statement piece by piece.
“Gene, your memory is really incorrect!”
Gene forgets the words to his own songs, and often inflates his own history. At this point I think Gene simply “remembers” what he wants to.
“…I was NEVER FIRED from KISS, I quit twice (not 3-times) of my own free will, because you and Paul are control freaks, untrustworthy and were too difficult to work with!”
Gene was clearly talking about both Ace and Peter in that sentence about being fired “three times”. Peter was indeed in and out three times. But Ace is right, he was never fired from Kiss. He quit both times. The reasons he quit are not as clear as he’s making it sound. He had severe substance abuse problems at the time and probably wasn’t thinking clearly or even functioning normally. Yes, Paul and Gene are control freaks when it comes to their brand, but I’m sure they have a different perspective on who was difficult to work with. Ace’s statement could very well be the pot calling the demon-kettle black.
“…Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has 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! Well that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12-years with different configurations of ‘The Ace Frehley Band’ to you and Paul’s dismay!”
Slander is only slander when it’s not true. Ace’s “bad habits” are well documented. Being sober for 12 years is an achievement to be proud of, but I don’t think that is what Gene and Paul are talking about. Once bitten, twice shy. They’re very wary of working with Ace under those high-pressure situations. A tour that like can cause a relapse in anyone. It is not going to be an easy tour for those guys at that age. It really helps to have younger guys like Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer behind them on tour.
“…I’m also the most successful solo artist to come out of the original KISS lineup, and proud of it!…You and Paul have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully.”
True, Ace has had the most successful solo career, but there’s not much competition. Saying that Paul and Gene have tried to derail it? Multiple times? That could indeed be slander. Where’s your proof, Ace? Did Gene go to Megaforce and say “Don’t promote Ace’s records”? Of course he didn’t. Innuendo like this just comes across as someone making excuses for their own perceived lack of success. Gene was probably not all that helpful in the 80s, but shouldn’t that be water under the bridge this many years later? Gene wrote songs for your new album, Ace! Frehley was invited to be the opening act for Gene’s solo tour. It went so well that Ace hired Gene’s solo band. The point is, Gene’s been doing a lot lately that should have benefited both of you. That’s not derailing anything. Anything else should be ancient history now.
Of course, maybe by “derailing”, Ace’s wife refers to the time in the 70’s that Gene and Paul “tried to have Ace killed“.
“…I’ve tried to be nice and friendly by inviting you and Paul to perform on my past albums for eOne Music, 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 asshole 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…she was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!”
Woah! Heavy shots fired!
Having Paul and Gene performing on Ace’s solo albums was a dream come true for the fans. This is the kind of thing they have always wanted. Kiss heroes working together! United front! The cooperation between members over the last few years has been an unexpected treat. Now suddenly Ace is bringing up Gene’s womanizing. Whether the event Ace’s wife is alleging ever happened as stated, we don’t know. Gene is a flirt and may have been making inappropriate jokes. But if it did happen, airing it in public isn’t helping anyone. Deal with this stuff privately! If Ace wants back in Kiss, how the hell does he expect that to happen now?
“…Well now the gloves are off after your terrible comments today and I’m thinking that this really may be ‘The End Of The Road Tour’ for you guys!!!”
Hopefully it’s the end of the road for real, because listening to Paul singing is painful. He was one of the true greats. Now he’s the worst singer in Kiss, but I digress. “Gloves are off”? What does that even mean? Are we about to witness a geriatric street brawl? That outta be amusing.
Now, here’s the real kicker below:
“….Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing Tommy from the Throne that I created… THE SHIT WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY’LL BE NO STOPPING IT – IT’S ON!!!”
(Oooft, grammar. “THERE’ll be no stopping it”.)
Hahah! Hah. You’re joking, right Ace? When does Gene Simmons offer complete and heartfelt apologies? Very rarely, and not after being attacked by ex-bandmates. To demand his old job back in this way is not only ridiculous, but a flight of pure fancy. This will only put Kiss’ backs up to the wall.
If Ace had any chance of joining Kiss on tour this year, I’d say he has blown it completely. I will say it: Ace Frehley will never be on the same stage as Kiss on the End of the Road tour. That door has closed.
Let me put what Ace is asking in my own words. Tell me how it sounds to you.
“Gene, you better stop talking shit about me, and you better apologise to me and my wife for what I’m alleging without proof! After that, I want you to fire Tommy Thayer regardless of whatever contracts you have in place or what your relationship is. Even though I haven’t played stadiums in almost two decades, your only option now is to welcome me back with open arms! If you don’t…empty threat! Empty threat! Empty threat!”
I am in no way defending Gene Simmons or Kiss. Gene could have spoken far more kindly of both Ace and Peter over the years. Kind words are free to offer, and solidarity does a lot for a band’s image. Ace’s statement simply escalates this in a childish, juvenile way.
We are now in the Twilight Zone with a group of bickering children. Rock and roll, baby?