Ace Frehley Explains Why He Might Be Banned From Touring In Europe
Ace Frehley has recently shared with Finland’s Chaos Zine that he is facing difficulties touring Europe due to a significant tax debt to the IRS (the US Internal Revenue Service).
The guitarist has several concerts planned in North America for his new album ‘10,000 Volts,’ but no international shows. He mentioned his desire to tour the UK and Europe depends on resolving his passport issue linked to unpaid taxes, saying:
“Well, there’s a good chance I can make it to Europe in late summer if I get my passport renewed. I’ve been having issues with renewing my passport because I have some problems with the IRS, and it’s not really the passport bureau but the IRS. Since I owe the IRS a couple of hundred grand, and they just instituted a new law that if you owe more than $50,000, they won’t renew your passport.”
Legal And Financial Maneuvers To Secure Passport
The rocker is optimistic, however, about resolving the issue, as he went on to explain:
“Luckily, I have some really smart attorneys working on it, and there are ways around it, so hopefully, I might be able to get my passport within two or three weeks. If that happens, I will be in Europe this summer. If it doesn’t happen, I will be in Europe next summer. But I’d love it to be this summer because it’s been too long since I did all the festivals there.”
The impact of these legal and financial issues is not new; Frehley had to cancel all his European tour dates in 2022, including an appearance at the Steelhouse Festival. Saxon replaced him after these cancellations.
Frehley’s New Album And Creative Pursuits
Amidst these challenges, Frehley remains focused on his music career. His new solo album, ‘10,000 Volts,’ is set for release on February 23, 2024. In a conversation with Nuvo, he discussed the album, noting:
“It’s probably the best record I’ve ever done. I’m very excited about it. It’s the first time I ended up writing most of these songs with a good friend of mine, Steve Brown. He used to play in Trixter and has a group called Rubix Kube.”
Earlier this month, Frehley announced several U.S. concerts for 2024. He will perform in Kentucky and Indiana at the month’s end, join the Monsters Of Rock cruise in March, and then play five shows on the East Coast in late March and early April. A concert in Illinois is also planned for June.