Following on from former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s war of words with Gene Simmons, the Kiss bass player has apparently decided to take the high road following the statement from Frehley that ‘the gloves were off.’ Simmons, it seems, would rather keep the gloves well and truly on.
The feud began when Gene spoke out on social about the chances of the original lineup reuniting. Simmons said at the time: “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.”
This provoked a rather angry response from Ace: “…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 a**hole 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 SH*T WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY’LL BE NO STOPPING IT-IT’S ON!!!”
Simmons said in his response to Ace Frehley’sposts: “I’m not gonna say anything in print other than I love Ace and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] and I thank them forever – they’re every bit as important as Paul and myself for launching the band,” adding: “I’m not going to make any guesses of why the emotions are so volatile, but it’s happened before.”
Watch this space….