Ace Frehley On Gene Simmons: “He’s Been Shooting Himself In The Foot For Years”

‘Eddie Trunk Rocks’ radio show recently spoke with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley about the band’s possible induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and about Gene Simmons’ recent comment that being in a band with Frehley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss was like having a, “cancer in your system.” A couple of excerpts from the chat can be found below.
 
Frehley said he was excited about the prospect of being inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame, even if other past and present KISS members like Simmons can’t see its validity: “I’m happy that I’m gonna be inducted — most likely — next year, in April, in New York City, and it should be a great event. There’s no way Gene can put a lid on it. I mean, what’s he gonna do?”
 
Frehley said that Simmons was the one who had lost his validity: “I don’t know what’s up with Gene. He used to say to me in the ’70s, every time I did something stupid, he’d go, ‘Ace, you’re shooting yourself in the foot again.’ Well, he’s been shooting himself in the foot for years.”
 
He added: “Gene’s living in the past. He’s become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he’s not respected by his peers; he’s pissed off thousands of fans; he’s never had a hit single, like I’ve had.”
 
Frehley explained that Simmons’ entire approach to the industry was different to his: “I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn’t. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and [Jimi] Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison… it’s endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What’s he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people.”
 
KISS is currently working on ‘You Wanted The Best You Got The Best,’ which is being slated as, “the definitive KISS documentary” even though it won’t feature Frehley or Criss. Frehley explained his reasoning: “I don’t know. I found it very weird that, instead of getting a call from Gene or [KISS manager] Doc McGhee or [KISS guitarist/vocalist] Paul [Stanley], because they’re behind this documentary, instead of getting a call from them, I get a call from my bodyguard, and he got a call from KISS’ bodyguard about me doing an interview for this documentary. They tried to go through the back door — probably because they don’t wanna pay me any money, as usual, and it left a bad taste in my mouth, and I just passed on it.”
 
He finished: “You want me to do a documentary? Let me know how much money you’re making, give me my fair share, and I’ll sit down and talk. You don’t wanna do it that way? Forget about it… If KISS is behind the documentary, Paul and Gene are making the lion’s share of the funds.”

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