Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley Slams Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley Following ‘Space Invader’ Release: ‘Why Don’t You Stay Focused On The Music?'
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Aug 20, 2014 10:07 AM EDT
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has been doing quite a bit of media these days. And seeing as he's just released his newest solo album, Space Invader, just yesterday, perhaps it's understandable. To promote the record, the musician spoke with Billboard about the release. He even added some not-so-nice comments about past bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
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While all appears to be going well with Space Invader on Frehley's part, who claims, "Some of the reviews have been so over the top, some think that I paid people to write the music," the guitarist seems to be rather candid (and firm) in terms of his opinions on both Stanley and Simmons.
When asked about his thoughts on mixing politics with music, he responded saying he believes people in entertainment shouldn't get too involved because "it kind of blurs things."
He adds, "I want people to stay focused on my music."
Frehley's comments then take a turn and discuss the two Kiss members: "I don't want to be part owners of an [arena] football team. That's Paul and Gene's newest venture," he says referencing the LA KISS arena football team. "The first thing that came to my mind [when I heard that] was, 'Hey, what about the music? Why don't you stay focused on the music?' It just seems like they're spreading themselves a little thin. Maybe you should focus on your records a little more and they'd be better. And you can quote that."
On the topic of whether or not he's worried his quote could anger Simmons and make him not want to play on Frehley's next album, which he's already begun talking about, the guitarist states, "Oh, I'm not worried about what I say about Gene. Me and Gene have been mudslinging back and forth to each other for years. The press makes it out like we hate each other, but I could go over to any of their houses and hang out. I try not to get involved with all the rhetoric, but sometimes I can't hold back."