KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Criticizes Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons

03/04/2014
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The KISS drama continues as cofounder Paul Stanley had some harsh words for the group's original guitar player Ace Frehley, as well as some criticism of Gene Simmons, in the April 2014 issue of Guitar World magazine.

The magazine has posted an online preview of the feature article from the issue with an excerpt of an interview with Stanley. In the preview excerpt Stanley was asked how he well worked together with Frehley as guitarists in the band during their early days.

He responded, "What we had at the beginning was magical. Not because we were virtuosos. Magic in rock and roll isn't dependent on virtuosity. Ace and I played great together. But in my mind it's a crime what Ace did. He threw away incredible potential and talent.

"The Ace I played with when the band first started out was a comet. And not [Frehley's late-Eighties band] Frehley's Comet! But he was burning bright and really had the ability-and this would rub him the wrong way-to be a real contender. But he stopped practicing. He got involved with a whole lot of things that really diluted and diminished his craft. I saw that comet grow dim."

Stanley didn't save all of his criticism for Frehley. He also offered a strong opinion of Gene Simmons' commitment to the group during the band's unmasked years in the 80s.

Guitar World asked Stanley, "by the turn of the Eighties, Ace and Peter were on their way out, and Gene was off trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Did you feel like you were on your own in Kiss?"

He responded, "Totally. Absolutely. I didn't feel it. I was. There wouldn't have been a band without me. Because when your partner is off doing all kinds of questionable side projects and not only taking time but also involvement away from the band, sure. For me it ultimately came down to, I love what I do; I don't want this to end. So I decided to bail water, for my own survival."

They then asked him how it made him feel and he said, "It certainly was more lonely and more stressful to know that the only person who was going to get us through the icebergs was me. But I didn't mind that. I only minded the fact that I was still splitting the income and royalties as though I had a partner. That bothered me. The fact that I was running things? Honestly, that's probably what got us through that decade."

He was also asked about the Rock Hall ignoring KISS and Rush for a number of years. Read what he had to say here.

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