In the wake of the announcement that KISS
will not be reuniting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
, Paul Stanley
has been talking to Guitar World
about his thoughts on former bandmate Ace Frehley
reports, Stanley believes that Frehley wasted an opportunity:"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 also noted that he felt like he was on his own in KISS at the turn of the '80s, when Frehley and Peter Criss
were leaving the band and Gene Simmons
was trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood: "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.""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."