Former KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley Blasts Gene Simmons Via Facebook Post
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley shocked the rock world with a scathing Facebook post directly aimed at his former KISS bandmate Gene Simmons. The post went viral within hours Tuesday, as Frehley made it clear that “the shit will hit the fan and they’ll be no stopping it. It’s on!!!” This was in response to a recent Guitar World interview given by Gene Simmons, where Simmons said he was not sure yet if he would invite original KISS members Frehley and drummer Peter Criss on the group’s upcoming End of the Road Tour.
In an exclusive interview with Guitar World, Gene Simmons said,
“So life doesn’t give you three chances. You get one chance. But Ace and Peter have gotten three chances. They were in and out of the band — fired — three times. For bad behavior, being unprofessional…”
Frehley’s reaction presented his side of the story in which he states he was never fired three times but had quit twice.
“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!”
His on-again, off-again relationship with Simmons took a strange turn as Frehley most recently performed in August with Simmons’ solo tour in Australia. It appeared that things between them were headed in a positive direction until it was clear that Frehley was not asked to be a part of the bands upcoming final tour.
“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!!!”
It’s pretty clear that Frehley wants to rejoin his former band and assume his role with the band. However, with the additional statements made on the Facebook post, one can only wonder how far this will go.
In the post, Frehley alleges that Simmons made sexual advances towards Frehley’s wife Rachael Gordon.
“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.’”
“I only found out about [the proposition] several weeks later. She was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!”
We will see if this ends up in court or cooler heads will prevail.
Billed as the final tour for KISS as a band, in September they announced,
“This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. Kiss Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.”
Sadly, KISS fans have been riding this rollercoaster ride for many years, and, apart from the drama that exists between the band members, the ones who are truly suffering are the dedicated fans. The very fans who have supported the band since 1973 and deserve better. We have seen the great divide exist with other bands, but sadly, as the rockers reach an age where performing live can be challenging, is this the way the band wants to be remembered?