Ace Frehley has responded to claims made by KISS frontman Paul Stanley that the guitarist was an anti-semite.
In his recently published memoirs, Stanley stated: "Ace and particularly Peter felt powerless and impotent when faced with the tireless focus, drive and ambition of me and Gene. As a result, the two of them tried to sabotage the band - which, as they saw it, was unfairly manipulated by money-grubbing Jews."
Now, Frehley has hit back at the singer in an interview with Sirius XM's Hair Nation (via Blabbermouth):
"They can't call me a drunk or a drug addict anymore, so they're grasping at straws. I mean, Jesus Christ! My fiancee is Jewish. How can I be anti-Semitic? Is he out of his mind? [Laughs] [I've spent] 40 years in the music business [and] I've worked alongside Jewish people my whole life. And I'm anti-Semitic? It's ridiculous. I think he's trying to sell his book, and it's a pretty sad commentary if he has to resort to verbal slurs and innuendo. It's ridiculous."
KISS are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow (April 10th). While all four members of the original line-up will be in attendance to collect the award, they will not be performing at the event. However, as Fuse reports, Ace Frehley will be involved in the ceremony's All-Star Jam, having been invited to perform by Tom Morello:
"Rage Against the Machine's guitarist, Tom, he called me up last weekend and asked if I'd be involved with the jam. I said, 'Yeah, sure, I'd be more than happy to do it. Hand me a guitar, I'll play.' I've been doing it for long enough, right?"