KISS just embarked on their “End of the Road” tour, but not without a fair share of behind the scenes drama. Original lead guitar player Ace Frehley recently had explosive accusations, not only claiming that KISS Kingpins Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had unfairly maligned and marginalized him for decades, but that Simmons made unwanted sexual advances towards his wife.
Gene Simmons isn’t just known for having a long, he’s known for having a big mouth and an opinionated mind. Still, the “Demon” had been mum on Ace’s accusations—until recently. And while you may have expected him to unleash some fiery furry on the “Spaceman”, Simmons opted to take the high road. In a recent interview with the LA Times, he was actually effusive.
Without directly responding to the accusations, he spoke lovingly of Ace and original KISS drummer Peter Criss. He went so far as acknowledging their invaluable contributions to KISS’s enduring legacy. A bit anticlimactic considering Ace’s initial war of words; it also contradicts many of Simmons’ past comments about Ace and Peter—which have been less glowing to say the least.
Check out Rock Feed’s coverage of the ongoing situation at the top of the article. I say “ongoing” since I’m certain a new response from Ace is in the works. This could still be a rocky “End of the Road” still. We’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, let’s remember happier times when KISS reunited in 1998; it’s “Detroit Rock City”, live from Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles!
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