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Ace Frehley fires back at Kiss leaders' slams
The drama between Kiss co-founders continues. As Ace Frehley gears up to release his first solo set in five years, called Space Invader, which is out on August 19th, the knocks from his former bandmates are still being thrown his way. Frehley spoke to Guitar World in promotion of the new album and was asked why Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley still feel the need to slam him in the press -- and in Stanley's recent autobiography, Face The Music. Frehley answered, "I don’t know. I think they’re just cranky. For years, when I was f***ed up, Gene used to say that I was a drunk and a drug addict and that I was unemployable. Kick a guy when he’s down, right? But they can’t do that anymore, so it’s like they’re scratching their heads trying to come up with new ways to insult me."
In countering one of Stanley's most brutal claims in his recent book, Frehley said: "The most recent thing was that I’m anti-Semitic, that I’m a f***ing Nazi. That’s just below the belt. Next I’ll be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. And my fiancee is Jewish! My whole life I’ve worked with Jewish people in all different capacities -- my accountants, my attorneys, people on the road. Jesus Christ, I can’t believe the stuff that comes out of their mouths. But the truth is that I don’t want to be negative. I just want to keep everything light and be happy."
Frehley who in April was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Simmons, Stanley, and Peter Criss, went on to say: "Paul has been so goddamn cranky lately. I mean, what’s wrong, Paul, aren’t you happy? I know they must be frustrated because people are always writing about how Ace was the real guy or Ace was the real deal. It’s gotta rub them the wrong way. They would like nothing more than for me to start drinking again, start taking drugs again and end up as a bum on skid row. But that’s not gonna happen. . . I’m a straight shooter -- I tell it like it is. Gene is that way too. He’ll sit across from you in a room and say this or that and tell it like it is. Whether you like it or not, he lays it out, right to your face. Paul will tell you one thing, then walk out the door and stab you in the f***ing back. That’s Paul Stanley.”
Frehley went on to explain that although he could take credit for key bits of Kiss' success, he's always chosen to let the band enjoy the credit: "I designed the (Kiss) logo. All he did was draw straighter lines. And you know, I told Paul to wear the star on his eye. Do you know what his makeup was before he put the star on his eye? It was a round circle. He looked like the dog (Petey) from the Little Rascals. I told him it looked kinda silly and that he should put one star on his eye. But do I go around taking credit for that? No. I let him say he designed it. Who cares, you know? Let’s not be petty.”
He added: "You would think that if Gene and Paul had half a brain, they would realize what’s going on and start saying good things about Ace. I mean, keep bad-mouthing me. No one’s gonna show up at your f***ing tour this summer.”
We caught up with Ace Frehley backstage during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and asked him point blank about the decision for Kiss not to perform that night: "It wasn’t my choice. I wanted to do it. Y’know, but, the bottom line is, we’re still brothers in rock n’ roll. And even though we don’t see each other for five, 10, 15 years it’s just like we never -- it was just like yesterday that we saw each other.”
• Following years of bad blood with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have opted out of appearing in what's being billed as the definitive Kiss documentary, You Wanted The Best You Got The Best.
• In the end director Alan G. Parker will use footage shot of Frehley and Criss by band archivist -- and current lead guitarist -- Tommy Thayer back in 2001. In addition to Thayer and current drummer Eric Singer, Parker has filmed interviews with former guitarist Bruce Kulick and his brother Bob Kulick -- who performed on many of the band's studio tracks. Parker also held, "positive meetings" with the family of Eric Carr, the band's late drummer, who replaced Peter Criss in 1980 and died of heart cancer in 1991.
• With a few more interviews still to undertake, Parker "hopes to show the finished film to the band in February or March, followed by a spot at the Cannes Film Festival in May and a worldwide opening in the autumn of 2014.”
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