Ace Frehley Says That KISS Is “Half A Cover Band”
By Nadia Noir
KISS kissed off their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction since Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons didn’t want to original line-up onstage. And ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has something to say about that.
In an interview, Frehley said that he’s been “reading stuff on the internet” (which is awful idea, who would read stuff on the internet?) and that Paul and Gene have been bashing him and Peter Criss’ playing style 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,” said Frehley. “I don’t have a problem with the current lineup. It is what it is-it’s half a KISS cover band.”
“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,” explained Frehley about the induction ceremony. “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.”