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

Frehley hits back after Simmons “cancer” comments

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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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    I often wonder if KISS would have been as great as they were if Ace had never been in the band. No Ace riffs, no Ace attitude, no Ace "coolness"... Where would Gene be today if Ace & Peter had never been in the band?
    "..he never got loaded, he never partied." Wow, what a prick he is for that lol
    I don't really like Gene as a person but I don't like what Ace is saying here either. They just both have big egos. A bit like Axl Rose and Slash.
    No, Slash has an ego and Axl Rose's ego has an ego It's not even the same league in that case
    Ace is the true legend from KISS. Have you guys ever read his book; "No Regrets"? I recommend it, it shows exactly how Kiss (well, Gene) treated him. I've said it a thousand times and I'd say it again: Kiss have had nothing great musically since the 70's, with maybe the exception of Creatures of the Night.
    Don't forget Revenge, along with Creatures of the Night my two favourite records by them. A bit irony, since I love Ace and original line-up is my favourite.
    You have to give Vinnie Vincent some credit for those albums. He was a great songwriter.
    Vinnie Vincent as well as Mark St. John were both great guitarists, I just wish they lasted in the band longer
    So Gene doesn't party. So he doesn't have the most successful Gibson signature guitar. So he's never had a hit single. So what? Neither do I. That doesn't make me any less of a musician. Yes, Gene Simmons is a dick. But I think Ace is compensating for a small dick by having such a big ego.
    I think it's reasonable to expect an old guy that a guy who brags and disses all day long (Simmons) should have more accomplishments under his belt than some rando on a message board.
    Wow. Nice. I hope Gene responds to that.
    Yep, but while I think Gene is a douche Ace seems to be REALLY high on himself, which is also in fact a trait of doucheyness
    I love you Ace, but you didn't have the most successful Gibson Signature model. That was Les Paul.
    Ace's signature guitar is a Les Paul - I think what he meant is he's had the most famous signature Les Paul in history, moreso than Slash, Frampton etc.
    Ace is the hero! Great attitude! He plays cuz he loves to, not cuz he's paid to! Long live the spaceman!!!!
    Bashing Gene for NOT drinking and drugging? Fuck Ace.
    I thought the same thing, however, less harsh. In reality Gene should just shut his mouth & be more humble. As someone who's also not "lived", I do give Gene respect points for not partying & doing drugs. Respekt.
    His point is that he's lived the rock n roll dream while Gene's just gotten rich and shoved his ego in everyone's face.
    His point is that he lived like 4 people, 3/4 of which died from bad lifestyle choices. Rriiiigghht.
    Gene and Paul are the brains and talent behind KISS. When Ace left, his career lived off that. Not what he did as a solo artist.