Gene Simmons, the founder of KISS, recently recounted a dramatic chat he had with Ace Frehley, the group’s former guitarist. The bassist claims that Ace gave him one directive to fulfill in order to join the band again and take part in the band’s documentary.
KISS, one of the most well-known rock and roll groups in history, made a strong entry into the genre with their music, stage makeup, and costumes, as well as with theatrical antics that astounded the fans. Their face paint and modified stage personas are what they are best known for. Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons made up the original lineup of the band.
Unfortunately, Criss and Frehley both departed the band in 1980 as a result of artistic disagreements. Later, they both joined the group again. The band’s unmasked phase began in 1983, but when Frehley and Criss rejoined KISS in 1996, they went back to being themselves. Frehley and Criss, however, were unhappy with their commercial and artistic endeavors and again opted to leave.
Despite Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer taking over for them, they left their stamp on the band with their abilities, and the fans never forgot about them. Both musicians adopted the on-stage identities created by the original KISS band, which Frehley evidently finds objectionable.
Recently, Gene Simmons said that he invited Frehley and Criss to join the group so they could appear in the 2021 documentary. Criss declined, but Frehley said that if Tommy Thayer left and he once again became the one and only Spaceman, he would show up. Simmons refuted this diagnosis and claimed that Frehley isn’t even performing as well as he once did.
Here is what Simmons stated about calling Frehley and Criss to come back:
“We’ve tried. I keep trying. Paul and I met with Ace, trying to convince him to come back. He said, ‘I want this. I want that.’ Well, we can’t do that. I asked Ace and Peter to be in the documentary. They said no. They might do it if they have complete control of the edit. I said, ‘We can’t do that, because even we don’t have that. But I won’t control what you say; you can say whatever you want.’
The answer is no, both of them. I asked Ace and Peter, ‘Come out on tour. We’ll get you your own room and everything. Come out on the encores.’ Ace said, ‘No. The only way I’ll come out is if I’m the Spaceman and you ask Tommy to leave.’ I go, ‘Well, that’s not gonna happen.’ First of all, I care about Ace, but he’s not in shape. He can’t play that way and doesn’t have the physical stamina to do that.”