Ace Frehley was “really aggravated” by what Paul Stanley said of him on “Howard Stern Show”

Author Flavia Andrade - 16.2.2024

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley strikes again, criticizing Paul Stanley for the comments made on “The Howard Stern Show” in March 2023.

On that occasion, Stern asked Stanley why he and Gene Simmons didn’t perform with Frehley and drummer Peter Criss at the Rock Hall induction in 2014, to which Stanley responded:

[The Rock Hall organizers] were demanding, quite honestly, that we play with the two original guys, Peter and Ace, and at this point, that would be demeaning to the band, and also would give some people confusion. ‘Cause if you saw people on stage who looked like KISS but sounded like that, maybe we should be called PISS.

In a recent interview with the “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen And Shane McEachern” podcast, Frehley said:

I don’t know what caused or went through Paul‘s head when he made that statement, if me and Peter performed with them on stage, we’d sound like piss. But it really aggravated me and I got really mad and I went on the Eddie Trunk show and promised to come back in a month or two weeks and spill some dirt. And speaking to my attorney and my manager and my agent and my close confidants, they all said, ‘Why don’t you take the high road?’ And I did. And I really didn’t spill anything that most people didn’t know already.

On whether he and Criss could have performed with KISS at the aforementioned Rock Hall show, Frehley said: 

Peter isn’t the drummer that he used to be. I love the guy to death. We were always closest friends and partied together, but he’s had several injuries and he’s just not the drummer he was way back when. I mean, he can still get up there and play three, four, five songs. There was no reason why when we got inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that Peter couldn’t have performed three songs flawlessly, because he’s still got the chops; he just can’t play two hours.

When asked if he thinks he will ever play with Gene and Paul again, Ace responded:

I really don’t think it’s ever gonna happen again. I think too much water has gone under the bridge. And I’m super busy with my new career, just as KISS ends up winding down their career, which makes no sense whatsoever. They must think it was some kind of master plan that as soon as they did their last show, I was gonna… And it wasn’t; it wasn’t at all. There was no master plan. It’s just that I was rushing to finish my record [‘10,000 Volts’] because it was six months behind and, finally, we just cut some corners. The album would have been a lot better if I had another month to do, but I’m still very happy with the record. I don’t think there’s any filler. And there’s a large variety of songs on the record — there’s a ballad, there’s an instrumental, there’s a cover.

Frehley‘s new album,  “10,000 Volts,” will be out on February 23, 2024 via MNRK Music Group (formerly eOne Music).