Ace Frehley on Gene Simmons: 'He's a Caricature of Himself, His Only Motivation Is Money'

artist: Kiss date: 11/05/2013 category: general music news
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Ace Frehley on Gene Simmons: 'He's a Caricature of Himself, His Only Motivation Is Money'
Speaking on Eddie Trunk Rocks (via Blabbermouth), former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has hit back at Gene Simmons' comments that he and Peter Criss were ,"a cancer" on the band. According to Frehley, Gene has "been shooting himself in the foot for years." "I don't know what's up with Gene. He used to say to me in the '70s, every time I did something stupid, he'd go, 'Ace, you're shooting yourself in the foot again.' Well, he's been shooting himself in the foot for years." The guitarist was also critical of Gene for "taking the safe route:" "Gene's living in the past. He's become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he's not respected by his peers; he's pissed off thousands of fans; he's never had a hit single, like I've had. I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn't. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and [Jimi] Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison ... it's endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What's he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people."
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