Former KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley Accuses Gene Simmons Of Groping His Wife

During a recent interview with Guitar World, Gene Simmons said Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would be welcomed to play a song or two with KISS during their farewell tour, but added that the band could never depend on them to do a full set. Frehley has since responded to these comments saying Simmons is an “asshole and a sex addict,” who groped his wife.

Here’s what Simmons told Guitar World:

“Ace and Peter have gotten three chances. They were in and out of the band—fired—three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren’t carrying their load. … So the short answer to your question is we’d love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don’t, it’s not going to be because of us. But they’re never going to be in KISS again.”

“Three times is the charm; ‘I promise I’ll pull out’ doesn’t work. It’s the boy who cried wolf: ‘Oh, I’ve been straight for a million years.’ Terrific! Have a good life! … Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace or Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your fucking life.”

Here’s Frehley’s response:

“My Reaction to Gene’s Post Today

…Gene, your memory is really incorrect!…I was NEVER FIRED from KISS, I quit twice (not 3-times) of my own free will, because you and Paul are control freaks, untrustworthy and were too difficult to work with!

…Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has cost me millions of dollars and now that I’m over 12-years sober you’re still saying I can’t be trusted to play a whole nights show! Well that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12-years with different configurations of “The Ace Frehley Band” to you and Paul’s dismay!

…I’m also the most successful solo artist to come out of the original KISS lineup , and proud of it!…You and Paul have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully.

…I’ve tried to be nice and friendly by inviting you and Paul to perform on my past albums for eOne Music, give each of you guys one of my prized Gibson Les Paul 59’ models, but today’s comments have made me realize you’re just an asshole and a sex addict who’s being sued by multiple Women, and you’re just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!

…The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back, when I was trying to help you out at one of your “Vault Experiences” which I only found out about several weeks later…she was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!

…Well now the gloves are off after your terrible comments today and I’m thinking that this really may be “The End Of The Road Tour” for you guys!!!

….Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing Tommy from the Throne that I created… THE SHIT WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY’LL BE NO STOPPING IT-IT’S ON!!!”

[via Guitar World]

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Gene Simmons (KISS) Is Facing Another Sexual Battery Lawsuit

According to TMZ, an unnamed woman is suing Gene Simmons (KISS) for inappropriately touching her vagina during a photo op. The woman, who was working at one of Simmons’ Rock & Brews restaurants in 2016, says the musician was visiting the establishment when his manager told her to get closer to him for a picture, but when she did, he allegedly “reached over and forcefully placed his hand on her vagina completely covering it.” The woman says she tried to stop him and that she showed the photo to her coworkers. The suit goes on to say Simmons was also acting “sexually charged” with other women that night and that he was touching their hands and telling them to unbutton their shirts. This news comes after Simmons previously settled another sexual battery lawsuit in July.

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Stan Lee

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, who created or co-created numerous iconic characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Black Panther, Daredevil, Ant-Man, etc., passed away yesterday (November 12) at the age of 95. His work influenced countless people over the years including a number of rock/metal artists. You can find tributes from various musicians below:

Kirk Hammett (Metallica):

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Alice Cooper:

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Rob Zombie:

Bring Me The Horizon:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

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Phil Labonte (All That Remains):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Brendon Small (Dethklok, Galaktikon):

John Dyer Baizley (Baroness):

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John 5 To Guest At Gene Simmons’ “Vault” Event In Las Vegas

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.) has announced that he will be one of the guests at Gene Simmons’ (KISS) “Vault” event at Kiss By Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas, NV on December 2. He posted the following:

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]

KISS To Release “The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection” Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

KISS will celebrae the 40th anniversary of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss’ solo albums with a new limited edition box set called “The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection.” It will be available on October 19 and can be pre-ordered HERE. The set will be limited to 2,500 copies and it will include: four colored 180-gram LPs, 12-by-12-inch posters, a turntable slipmat, etc.

Gene Simmons (KISS) To Release New Book “27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club” In October

KISS’ Gene Simmons will release his new book “27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club” on October 2, via Power House Books. You can pre-order that HERE.

Here’s an official description:

The summer of 1969 was a momentous one in modern history. It was a season punctuated with change. Apollo 11 landed on the moon, thousands of young fans flocked to rock ‘n’ roll festivals like Woodstock and the controversial Altamont Freeway concert, the Manson Family cult were on a high-profile killing spree, and the first uprisings that would become the Stonewall Riots began. It was an electric summer of violent endings, new beginnings, and social unrest.

It was also the summer that a myth was born–beginning with the tragic, untimely death of Rolling Stones founder, Brian Jones. The world soon lost two more huge music stars: Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Not only did losing these three beacons of music culture seem to signal the end of a musical era, it also felt like a foreboding sign; they had all died at exactly the same age. All three had lost their lives at the pinnacle of their creative output, and all three were exactly 27 years old.

People have speculated that there could be a dastardly lineage, from the poisoning of blues pioneer Robert Johnson in 1938, through these icons of the 60s, and more recently to rebel chanteuse Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in 2011. Could it be a twisted fate that the world’s very best creative souls come to early, often violent, deaths at just 27 years old? Over time, this idea began to be known as, “the 27 club,” and it has persisted in the public imagination.

In 27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club, rock ‘n’ roll icon Gene Simmons takes a deep dive into the life stories of these legendary figures, without giving credence to the romanticized idea that being in the “club” is somehow a perverse privilege. Simmons wills us to acknowledge the extraordinary lives, not the sensational deaths, of the musicians and artists who left an indelible mark on the world.