Ace Frehley: 'I Definitely Blow Tommy Thayer Off Stage'

Ex-KISS axeman hits out at the current lineup.

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Ace Frehley has been speaking with guitar world about the controversy surrounding KISS's induction to the Rock Hall. As the guitarist notes, he places the blame fro the original line-up's non-performance with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

"I was like, Jesus Christ, after 40 years of support you can't give the fans 10 minutes?" says a still worked-up Frehley over a cup of black tea at Guitar World headquarters in New York. "The fans wanted it, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted it. But Gene and Paul didn't. It's sad. They definitely lost some fans because of this decision."

Frehley stated that he believes he still has the chops to play a full tour with his former band, even if original drummer Peter Criss doesn't:

"I think the reason they didn't want to get together with the original members was because they're afraid of history repeating itself. When we did Unplugged in 1995, you saw what happened: because the fans were so excited about me and Peter playing with those guys, they had to scrap their last record [with then-current members Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer] and do a reunion tour [with Frehley and Criss in 1996]. Although at this point I don't think Peter could do a two-hour show and a full tour. But I still got the chops. I definitely blow [current KISS guitarist] Tommy Thayer off the stage."

He also discussed how sobriety has affected his approach towards writing music:

"I haven't had a drink in more than seven and a half years, and I feel great now," says the 63-year-old guitarist. "I'm writing great songs and I'm singing great, and I'm super excited about this new album. It's gonna be even better than 'Anomaly.' I played some tracks for a couple of guys I was considering using for mixing, and the first thing out of their mouths was, 'God, your voice sounds like it did on your 1978 solo record.' Unlike some other people, whose voices aren't maybe what they used to be. Not to name names, or anything."

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    Man, he's 63 years old, already, and has a great music career. He's talking like a 15 year old boy.
    I actually doubt it, saw Ace 3 times when he was supporting Anomaly and while I had a blast seeing one of my heroes perform right in front of me his playing was sloppy at best. He missed half of the solos and would only play the slower parts. That ended up being a big let down.
    Ace, hate to break it to you, but, your voice still sounds like it did back in the 70's because you don't actually sing, you just talk into the microphone.
    "As the guitarist notes, he places the blame fro the original line-up's non-performance with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons" "fro the original line-up" K
    Nice article. Can't wait to hear the records. I like his solo albums better than most of what KISS did (except for the 70s albums).
    Sonic Boom and Anomaly came out close to each other and the better Ace solos were on Sonic Boom.