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.”
KISS By Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas has announced a special “Ace Frehley Wedding Experience” at the “Love It Loud: A Rock & Roll Wedding Chapel.” Those that purchase the $6,000 package will be able to have Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) serve as their best man or have the guitarist walk the bride down the aisle. The experience will be available from October 26 – 28.
According to the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf website, the “Ace Frehley Wedding Experience” includes:
* Ace as your best man and/or Ace give away the bride and walk her down the aisle.
* Use of the KISS wedding chapel for the ceremony (wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony)
* Professional photographer, complete photo session and digital rights to ALL images (Yep! You get ALL of the photos, e-mailed to you to keep!!)
* The wedding will be livestreamed via Facebook Live on Ace’s Facebook and KISS wedding chapel so your friends and family can watch your ceremony live from the comfort of their homes!
* Rockin’ photo session with Ace’s actual guitar
* An “I Got Married At The ‘Love It Loud’ Wedding Chapel” 45rpm with colored vinyl record and special certificate! With Ace’s signature as the witness!!
* Rockin’ wedding cake
* “Love It Loud” wedding chapel lanyards and laminates for couple
* “Love It Loud” wedding chapel certificate
* Two “Love It Loud” wedding chapel poker chips
* Two “Love It Loud” wedding chapel shot glasses
* Two “Love It Loud” wedding chapel temporary tattoos
* Up to 10 guests + bride and groom
Earlier tonight (September 19), KISS performed on the season 13 finale of “America’s Got Talent” and confirmed that they will be kicking off their “farewell” tour in 2019. The trek will be called “One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour” and dates are expected to be revealed soon.
Paul Stanley commented:
“This is gonna be our last tour. It will be the most explosive, biggest show we’ve ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you’ve never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show.”
The band added:
“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… unapologetic and unstoppable.”
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.
According to Billboard, KISS will be performing on the season 13 finale of “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday. The band are expected to open the show, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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.
During Gene Simmons’ July 15 set at the Masters Of Rock festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic, he was joined onstage by Doro for a performance of KISS’ “War Machine.” You can see some fan-filmed footage of that below: