Ace Frehley On KISS’ Final Tour: “I Think They’re Waiting For Promoters To Come Back And Say, ‘Well, We’ll Give You X Amount Of Dollars If Ace Is Involved And Peter Is Involved”

During a new interview with Loudwire, Ace Frehley talked a bit about the possibility of joining KISS on their final tour. The guitarist said he thinks the band are “waiting for promoters to come back and say, ‘Well, we’ll give you X amount of dollars if Ace is involved and Peter is involved” and that they will get a call after a higher offer is made.

Frehley said the following:

“They’re testing the waters. I think they’re waiting for promoters to come back and say, ‘Well, we’ll give you X amount of dollars if Ace is involved and Peter is involved.’ It’s all about money with those guys and they’ll be the first to admit it, especially Gene. When Doc McGee gets a call from a promoter and they say, ‘We’ll give you double the amount of money with Ace and Peter,’ we’re gonna get the call.”

He also added:

“If I come back, I’m gonna take my throne back, or I’m not coming back.”

He continued:

“A lot of fans are saying if I’m not involved in the next tour, they’re not going. That’s probably making Paul and Gene a little nervous … I can’t imagine them doing an ‘End of the Road’ tour with the same lineup. They’ve been playing for 15 years, there’s nothing special about doing one last big tour with the same lineup.”

He then added:

“I told Paul and Gene, ‘I’m the guy now that you’ve always wanted me to be.’ I was a screwup and I was always late and didn’t show up on time and missed recording sessions. I was telling them this year, ‘I’m now the guy you always wanted me to be.’ Hopefully it sinks in, you know?”

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Ace Frehley Rejoins KISS Onstage During The KISS Kruise

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley rejoined the band onstage during an acoustic performance on the “KISS Kruise” yesterday (October 31). Together they performed “2000 Man” (The Rolling Stones cover), “New York Groove” (Hello cover), “Nothing’ To Lose,” and “Rock And Roll All Nite.” Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick took part in the set as well.

Ace Frehley (Ex-KISS) To Perform 1978 Solo Album In Full At New Jersey Kiss Expo

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 1978 solo album by performing it in full at the New Jersey Kiss Expo. That event will be held on December 7-9 at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, NJ and Frehley’s performance will take place on the last day. Other guests set to appear include: Lita Ford, Bobby Rock (Vinnie Vincent Invasion), Lydia Criss, and more.

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley Explains Decision To Fire His Solo Band

As previously reported Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) fired his solo band, which most recently featured Richie Scarlet, Chris Wyse, and Scot Coogan, so he could hire Gene Simmons’ backing band. Now, he has offered an explanation for his decision during an appearance on Trunk Nation. According to him, “it wasn’t just about funds.”

Frehley said the following:

“That was hard. Well, I had performed with Gene’s backup band in Australia, and then Gene, for some reason, canceled his trip to Japan. So I went to Japan with his band and we did eight shows. And they’re super tight; they all sing lead — four-part harmony. I mean, I’ll never forget playing ‘2000 Man’ the first time with this band, and all of a sudden, I’m hearing all the harmonies that were on the original record done by Paul [Stanley] and Gene. I’m saying, ‘Great.’ So, after the last show in Tokyo, I said to these guys, ‘Are you available? Would you consider doing the [‘Kiss Kruise’]?’ And they said, ‘Yeah.’ They’re all fans of mine. And they’re cheaper than my band, and I’m trying to cut costs down. I cut one crew member… It wasn’t just about funds. I would have paid them what I’m paying my band right now, because they’re that good. But don’t let them know that.”

He added the following when asked how they took the news:

“Chris took it really well. He’s been playing with the [HOLLYWOOD] VAMPIRES, he told me he was doing solo shows with Joe Perry, and he’s one of the most sought-after bass players in Los Angeles. So Chris took it really well. Scotty didn’t take it very well. And Richie didn’t take it well, because his wife had just passed away [after battling ALS for many years].”

He continued:

“It was a nightmare, because I kept procrastinating, because I said, ‘How can I call Richie and let him know I’m using another band when his wife is on her deathbed?’ And it was tearing me apart. Finally I just said, ‘I’ve gotta man up.’ So I called him and I told him briefly why and… and he hung up on me. [Laughs] He goes, ‘I can’t believe this shit,’ and he hung up on me. So, two days later, I called him back in the evening, and I said, ‘Rich…’ He apologized for hanging up on me. I’ve known Richie forever. So we healed. He told me he loved me like a brother; I told him the same. I said, ‘Tell me what I can do for you, because I know you were expecting the money from the cruise.’ So I wired some money into his account to help pay for Joann’s funeral. She was a wonderful lady.”

He also added:

“Bad timing is bad timing, but business decisions really don’t… can’t… with personal life, it never jells. It’s never the right time, in a lot of cases.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley Premieres “Rockin’ With The Boys” Music Video

Ace Frehley has premiered a new video for his song “Rockin’ With The Boys.” This track was originally written during KISS’ heyday in the ’70s and it will appear on Frehley’s new album “Spaceman,” which is set to be released on October 19.

Ace Frehley Parts Ways With Solo Band, Recruits Members Of Gene Simmons’ Backing Group

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has apparently parted ways with his solo band, which most recently featured Richie Scarlet, Chris Wyse, and Scot Coogan. He will now be moving forward with members of Gene Simmons’ backing band, which recently featured Philip Shouse, Ryan Cook, Jeremy Asbrock, and Christopher Williams. Frehley told “The Cassius Morris Show” the following:

“I’m changing the lineup in my band. I’m actually gonna start working with the band that backed up Gene [on his recent solo tours]. I worked with them in Australia, and they also did eight shows with me in Japan. And I realized that… I think they were better than my current lineup, so I’ve decided to make a change. They’re younger and more hungry.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley Says He Hasn’t Been Asked To Participate In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour

KISS recently revealed that they will be heading out on their “End Of The Road” farewell tour next year and many fans have expressed a desire to see all four original members take part in the trek. However, during a “live conversation” at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, Ace Frehley said he hasn’t been approached about performing with the band.

Frehley said the following:

“I haven’t been asked. I had a meeting with those guys several months ago, and they talked about retiring to me, and that didn’t seem right either. Who knows what’s going to happen? I read comments on the Internet, and I fall off my bed laughing. There’s all these people that have all these different ideas of a configuration of what the next KISS tour should be, and it’s crazy — but overwhelmingly, they want me back in the band, I think. That’s what I’m reading on the Internet.”

“I’m doing fine on my own. My career is on an upswing; I’m having a ton of fun; I like producing my own records. I don’t like anybody standing over my shoulder telling me what to do. I’ve had a lot of freedom, and working with Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] again, it would be different. But then again, I’d probably make $5 or $10 million, so I might consider that…”

“Hopefully next year, what all the KISS fans really want to happen will happen. I’m hoping. I want to be involved, especially for the fans. It’s not like my dream job, because I’ve done it a couple of times and quit, but I really want to do it for the fans if it’s going to happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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