Ace Frehley to Gene Simmons: 'Go Back to School and Get Educated'

Guitarist reacts to KISS bassist's recent controversial statements.

Ace Frehley to Gene Simmons: 'Go Back to School and Get Educated'
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As Gene Simmons' recent string of controversial statements got far enough to spark a KISS radio ban in Australia, the band's former guitarist Ace Frehley reacted by telling ex-bandmate to get back to school.

"Gene has single-handedly alienated just about everybody on the planet," Ace told Artisan News.

"First he attacks immigrants, and then he belittles poor people by saying 'be nice to rich people because we're the ones who give you jobs. Then he attacks people with depression, alcoholics, drug addicts. The only thing left for him to do is attack the whole gay ... movement. I've heard him do that in public, so that's probably yet to come.

"He prides himself on being such an intellectual, he brags about being able to speak seven languages," Frehley continued, explaining how depression, alcoholism and addiction are "very serious" diseases. 

The guitarist then went back to Gene, saying, "I think it's time for Gene to go back to school and get educated in the health field."

As reported, Simmons had since apologized for his comments, more info here.

To give you some music news, Gene has recently noted being up for working on new KISS music, insisting that a full-length album is the only way to go. "We're open to it," he told Ultimate Classic Rock when prompted to comment about fresh material. "As a matter of fact, I was writing a new song the other day called 'Your Wish Is My Command.'"

Asked about the possibility of releasing a single only, the bassist replied, "It's not our style. That's pop stuff. That's disco. We want to make a full-album statement."

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    Lord_Doku
    Asked about the possibility of releasing a single only, the bassist replied, "It's not our style. That's pop stuff. That's disco . We want to make a full-album statement."
    This made my day.
    GenerationKILL
    Ace Freley: "Australia now won't play our music because of you, making my paycheque smaller, thanks a lot, you ignorant prick."
    Captain Insano
    Kiss doesn't do disco, eh? "I Was Made for Lovin' You" proves otherwise.
    flaphead325
    That's a one off album with some disco / hard rock crossover tracks... it's one of my favourite album by the way hehehe
    BVSocialClub
    Somebody has been paying a lot of attention to what Gene has been saying... and his name starts with an A. Maybe Ace visits Ultimate-Guitar regularly to read about Gene and his ridiculous comments.
    sPIDER LICE
    Gene works for us, if we don't go to his shows he don't get paid. If we don't like his music he don't get paid. If we don't like his merchandise he dosent get paid!!!
    mrsuns10
    Gene is a douche but he is right about the immigrants
    GenerationKILL
    Ironically enough, Gene's own mother was an immigrant and so is practically everyone else who lives in America. So any time I hear people sprouting this ignorant nonsense or supporting it, I point that out. Keep your ignorant sh*t to yourself.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    How is that ironic? His mother can speak English and his comments were saying immigrants should learn to speak English.
    RnFnR95
    actually Gene himself is an immigrant, and if you were to read the comments in question you would see that all he said was that immigrants should learn to speak english if they expect to be successful in this country and he says this because he is an immigrant and knows this firsthand and had the sense to learn english when he came to this country in order to ensure his own success. he was really giving advice based on his own experience rather than berating or belittling them
    mrsuns10
    My mother was an immigrant from Mexico and came here legally and she thinks the same thing too that they should learn to speak English
    cyclonus
    Alcoholism and addiction aren't really diseases, not like cancer where the sufferer is powerless and must seek medical aid to eradicate it. Addiction is self-inflicted and takes power of the mind to get rid of, something that is harder for some than others. Depression would fall into the category though as no real sufferer has much control over how to cope or get rid of it, as Robin Williams' demise has recently pointed out
    chrus
    " 'He prides himself on being such an intellectual. He brags about being able to speak seven languages, but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition,' Frehley continued." uhhhhh you didn't finish the goddamn thought!
    link no1
    The rest of the thought was: "... but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition, Gene is a big poo brain and his face smells!"
    beesea
    Meanwhile, Ace's new album came out this week. Any chance of a story on that, UG?