Ace slams Simmons’s ‘cancer’ comment
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has slammed Gene Simmons for comparing him and ex-drummer Peter Criss to cancer.
And he’s vowed he won’t be kept away if the band are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year.
Last month Simmons was asked if there was any chance of an original line-up reunion during a future induction ceremony. He said: “No – how many chances in life to do you get? Those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they fucked it up. When you have a cancer in your system, its best to cut it out as fast as you can.”
Now Frehley tells Eddie Trunk, via Blabbermouth: “Gene used to say to me in the seventies, every time I did something stupid: ‘Ace, you’re shooting yourself in the foot again.’ Well, he’s been shooting himself in the foot for years.
“Gene’s living in the past. He’s become a caricature of himself. 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.
“He took the safe route – he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis took, and 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 going to talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people.”
Simmons hasn’t denied Frehley is entitled to attend the band’s induction if and when it happens – and the guitarist is certain he’ll exercise his right.
“I’m happy that I’m gonna be inducted, most likely next year, in April, in New York City,” he says. “It should be a great event. There’s no way Gene can put a lid on it. I mean, what’s he gonna do?”
Kiss are nominated for the Rock Hall class of 2014 alongside Deep Purple, Nirvana, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Link Wray, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Tthe Zombies, Cat Stevens and LL Cool J.