Guitarist Ace Frehley has shared plans to invite former KISS bandmate Gene Simmons to appear on his new covers album, and therefore join a star-filled roster featuring Slash, Mike McCready and Lita Ford.
Ace, who is set to unveil his new solo album "Space Invader" on August 19, told VH1 Radio: "I was thinking of asking Gene to play bass on one track, and I'm not going to say which one. That'll be a surprise."
With all the turmoil going on between the guys, Frehley was asked if he thinks there's an actual chance of Simmons taking up the challenge. "I think he'd consider it," he replied. "I don't know if he'd do it. Maybe won't let him. Who knows?"
In related news, a slam has dropped. Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx apparently read Simmons' recent comments regarding suicidal people, dubbing them plain "moronic."
As reported, Gene went on a ranting spree during a Songfacts interview two weeks ago, ripping the "depressive" grunge scene and suicidal individuals. "My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear f--k all about 'the world as a harsh place.' She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' F--k you, then kill yourself," he said.
"I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump.' Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f--k up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd," the bassist added.
In response, Nikki stated during his "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" radio show (via Blabbermouth): "It's pretty moronic [of Gene to say what he said], because he thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the god of thunder and he will tell you he is the greatest man on earth.
"And, to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don't like Gene. I don't like Gene's words, because ... there is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a KISS fan and reads this and goes, 'You know what? He's right. I should just kill myself.'"
Naming himself as an example of someone who went through a depression and suicidal phase, Sixx added, "I got off the drugs and alcohol and it was the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I didn't think I could ever be off the heroin, to be honest with you. I got off the heroin and I couldn't leave my house. I didn't have any social skills, I didn't know how to interact with people.
"I pretty much started to go deeper and deeper and deeper into a depression. So I went to a therapist. And it was the first time I had ever been to a therapist. And I said, 'I just feel hopeless.' Now, if I went to see Gene Simmons, he would have said, 'Well, you know, Nikki, if you're depressed, you should just kill yourself.'
"But this therapist said, 'Hey, there are ways out.' And he gave me an experimental drug at the time called Prozac, and it got me on the right path. And then I got off of it. And I got out of my depression. And I then went to have these four beautiful children, I wrote the 'Dr. Feelgood' album, I've had a wonderful life. I did not take that way out.
"And what I'm saying is: for people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don't want people to listen to an interview from a rock star who's telling you the only way out is out, when I'm telling you, and I wrote it in [my book] 'The Heroin Diaries,' you can get out of this...
"One in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point in their life, so this is another thing to think about. At one point in your life, meaning it will come and it will go...
"They say all bad things must pass, all bad things will pass. So keep that in the back of your mind if you're feeling depression, and don't listen to people who don't know what they're talking about," the musician concluded.
To give you some actual music along with the news, check out Ace's recently-streamed "Space Invader" title track. Order the album here.