Ace Frehley is open to KISS reunion: “If it was handled correctly, it could be great”

Alex Young | Consequence of Sound

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-12-17-52-pmThe original members of KISS may have yet to play their final show. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss opted against an on-stage reunion during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, but recent rumors suggest the foursome could get back together and tour next year.

In September, heavy metal savant Eddie Trunk reported that KISS planned to ask Frehley to rejoin the band. “I’m hearing from so many people. They keep saying, ‘They’re going to ask him back, he’s going to do one last tour with them in 2017.” During the latest episode of his Trunk Nation radio program, Trunk asked Frehley about the rumors, and while Frehley said that he’s yet to be contacted, he’s definitely interested

“I’m not ruling it out. It’s a possibility, I guess,” Frehely said, adding that “the ball’s in Paul [Stanley] and Gene’s [Simmons] court. If that’s something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great.”

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KISS add UK dates to European tour

Martin Kielty | Team Rock

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-1-11-19-pmKiss have extended their 2017 European tour, adding dates in the UK, Denmark, Italy and the Czech Republic.

This week the band revealed a run of shows starting on May 1. Now they’ve listed eight new dates, taking their schedule up to the end of the month.

Bassist Gene Simmons recently said of the Kiss approach to performing: “All that matters is what happens on that stage – that’s electric church.

“It’s our job – anyone who gets up on that stage – to create magic time. To take you away, just for those few hours… and then you get back to gravity, and all the chaos that’s out there.”

Tickets go on general sale on December 2 (Friday), except in Finland, where sales commence on December 5. Pre-sales begin on November 29 (today) in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Russia, on November 30 in Denmark, and on December 1 in Norway, Austria and Holland.

Pre-sales are available via the Kiss Army site.

Kiss updated European tour 2017

May 01: Moscow Olympiski, Russia
May 04: Helsinki Hartwell Arena, Finland
May 06: Stockholm Tele2 Arena, Sweden
May 07: Oslo Spekrun, Norway
May 09: Horsens Forum, Denmark
May 10: Gothenburg Scandinavium, Sweden
May 12: Dortmund Westfallenhalle, Germany
May 13: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
May 15: Torino Pala Alpitour, Italy
May 16: Bologna Unipol Arena, Italy
May 18: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
May 20: Brno BCC, Czech Republic
May 21: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
May 23: Franfurt Festhalle, German
May 24: Rotterdam Ahoy, Holland
May 27: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
May 28: Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, UK
May 30: Manchester Arena, U
May 31: London O2 Arena, UK

 

Ace Frehley interview: street gangs, stabbings, and Paul Stanley’s IQ

Henry Yates | Metal Hammer

hqtvh8n4c0uct8d0-fill640x320xWith his intergalactic face-paint and rocket-launching Les Paul, Ace Frehley’s ‘Spaceman’ stage persona of the 70s suggested a man who had fallen to earth. The truth was more prosaic. Paul Daniel Frehley was born in April 1951 in the notorious Bronx district of New York, but escaped a life of crime and menial labour when, in 1972, he spotted a small-ad in the Village Voice – ‘Lead guitarist wanted with flash and ability’– and joined Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss in Kiss. By 1982 he’d left the Kiss line-up in a narcotic haze. Today he’s sober, promoting a new Gibson Les Paul signature model, and has, as the title of his recent autobiography says, no regrets.

This interview originally appeared in Classic Rock 170.


Do you think you’re ageing well?

Yeah. I think the fact I don’t drink any more helps a lot. After a while, in your 50s and 60s, drinking really ages you. I miss the insanity of it, and some of the crazy situations, but I still have fun today, it’s just controlled mayhem. The more I abused alcohol and drugs, the more blackouts I had. So those areas of my book were hardest to write. Probably the biggest black spot was after I left Kiss, so my friends, family and the people who were around at the time had to jog my memory.

What regrets do you have?

None, really. I probably wasn’t a good role model, because my career got in the way of my family life and it’s hard to do both well. That’s not a regret, though, because if I hadn’t chosen my career I wouldn’t be where I am today. You can’t change the past.

Wasn’t it a bit harsh to reveal in your book that Gene had pubic lice?

Well, we all had them, but it originated with Gene. Actually, most people who know Gene have said I went pretty easy on him. I sent him a copy for Christmas but I haven’t gotten any feedback yet. Gene’s heart is in the right place a lot of times, and on a personal level we get along fine, but he makes business decisions I don’t agree with and that’s when we run into problems. We had lunch a few months back and just reminisced about old times. But Gene likes to hear himself talk, y’know? He talks about three people: me, myself and I. You have an IQ of 163. How come you’ve done so many stupid things? That’s where addiction comes in. Kiss once took an IQ test, and I was on top. I guess my brain was working good that morning – thank God for good genes. I think Paul got the lowest score. No, that didn’t surprise me. A frontman doesn’t have to be a genius, he just has to have the right moves. But with an IQ test, there are people who are brilliant that would probably do real shitty on them. I mean, Gene has the best business brain, absolutely. I don’t consider myself a very good businessman. When I start doing numbers I get a headache. I’m ruled by the creative side of my brain, not the analytical side.

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NJ KISS Expo presents: KISS Christmas Store

NJKISSexpo.com

kissmasstore16Sunday, December 11, 2016 
12 noon – 6:30 pm

Hilton Garden Inn
70 Challenger Rd
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
201 641 2024

FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING

The promoters of the New Jersey KISS Expo present the
KISS Christmas store. We return to the Hilton Garden Inn just in time for all your Holiday shopping!

Come hang out with all your KISS friends and browse TWO FULL VAN LOADS of KISS merchandise. This ONE-DAY-ONLY SALE will fill up our KISS pop-up store wall to wall!

We have recently purchased several private KISS Collections plus all the newly released KISS merchandise will be for sale at this one-day-only event!

All info and directions HERE

 

Gene Simmons Calls Rush ‘One of My Favorite Bands of All Time’

Annie Reuter | Radio.com

Gene Simmons is not one to shy away from sharing his opinion and recently the Kiss rocker talked about the band Rush.

In a nearly two-minute clip taken from the new documentary Rush: Time Stand Still, Simmons spoke highly of the Canadian trio.

“You know I love Rush,” Simmons says. “Always have. When we first heard Rush we were struck. It was like Canadian Led Zeppelin. Rush was a hard rockin’ band. It felt English. We thought they were English.”

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