Ace Frehley hopes to make plans to reunite with KISS at end of 2018 and if not, to form super group
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was recently interviewed by May The Rock Be With You and mentioned numerous times on how he would like to have KISS end with him in the line-up and even being able to fit into the spaceman outfit as he indicated: “…. Life is great, life is great, I just turned 67 in April but I don’t look 67 I probably look ten years younger at least that’s what the ladies tell me *laughs*. My energy level, I dropped since I toured South America last year I’ve dropped thirty five pounds so I’m ready for anything, if I’ve gotta slip into a space suit I’m ready to go *laughs*.”
In terms of reconnecting with Gene Simmons who he will be opening for during four upcoming shows in Australia, Frehley stated: “It was a slow process of reconnecting, this year I’m celebrating twelve years sober, you know when I parted company with Paul and Gene the last time and decided to leave the band again I was using drugs and alcohol and it took a long time for me to get back on track and in 2006 I got sober and it took them probably a long time to realise because they’ve known me since my twenties and I’ve been drinking since my twenties *laughs*. So it took them a long time to realise that I was serious about sobriety and I was someone who could be dependable. They got good report cards from everyone I’ve worked with over the years and I think they realised when I contacted them and wanted to start reconnecting and doing stuff together you know, like me and Paul collaborated on a song on my last record ‘Fire and Water’ and he was kind enough to do a video shoot with me, and then more recently me and Gene Simmons collaborated on two songs on my new upcoming album that’s gonna be released in a couple of months. Then I’ve been doing events with Gene because I’m his only friend did you know that? *laughs* You know that Gene always says in interviews that he has no friends and I get pissed off because I email Gene and say ‘you know I’m your buddy’, we used to be roommates before we really made it big and each of us would get our own suites. Prior to that he was my roommate for several years *laughs* what a riot, right?”
In terms of how he personally wants KISS to be remembered, Frehley stated: “Well we came up with probably the biggest and best rock and roll show in history, and I don’t think anybody’s ever topped it. I think probably the best way KISS will be remembered is if Paul and Gene decide to take me back into the fold and we end up doing a bigger and better show and go out that way on top. That’s what I think should happen but basically since I quit the group a couple of times it’s not my place to say how it’s gonna end, it’s up to Paul and Gene. I think that would probably be the best option for KISS to be remembered for KISS to go out on top with the original line up.”
Frehley added: “You never know, it’s something that the fans I think want and constantly mention on the internet and I look to what my fans say because they pay my salary you know? *laughs* My fans buy my records and come to my concerts, so I don’t have a deaf ear to what they say, I listen to what they say and I think it’s important that any rock and roll artist does that.”
When asked to finish the sentence “At the end of 2018, Ace Frehley will…”, Frehley replied: “I think by the end of 2018 I think we will probably start formulating a plan for a KISS reunion, at least that’s what I’d like to happen and I think the fans would like that and I also have plan B you know, you know when you think about Eric Clapton and what he did after he left Cream he formulated a group Blind Faith with a lot of other superstars, so in the event there isn’t a KISS reunion I’m probably gonna put together a super group of people that are equal to my talent and notoriety and go out that way. Playing arenas, but either way I’m gonna be OK, I’m making great records and I’m selling out wherever I perform for the most part and I’m having a ball doing it you know? If I could go out with KISS that would be probably the best option at this juncture but it’s not my decision at this point, but like I said me, Paul and Gene have been communicating more and more and more and I think we’re leaning towards that direction but there’s nothing written in stone at this point. It’s a pipe dream.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Ace Frehley at May The Rock Be With You.