Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Are Professionals Unlike Ace Frehley And Peter Criss, KISS Bodyguard Claims
Michael ‘Danny’ Francis, the bodyguard of many notable famous names, shared his experiences in an interview with Classic Rock. He mentioned his reviews about KISS members, indicating that while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were professionals, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were the opposite.
Michael Francis has spent most of his time around many impactful rockers for 40 years. He worked with Elvis Presley, Paul Rodgers, and Jon Bon Jovi in numerous difficult situations. The bodyguard also got to know the rockers a little closer. Francis recalled the time he worked for Axl Rose and Bon Jovi during a recent interview. According to the bodyguard, as Rose and Jovi were both trying to be the number one, they were always competing.
In the interview, Francis also looked back to the time he worked with KISS members. According to him, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were absolute professionals who tried their best to perform their work perfectly. He stated that Simmons and Stanley were always up before everybody else and did their best regardless of their age. Michael mentioned that the KISS icons never had an off night.
On the other hand, Francis stated Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were opposite Simmons and Stanley regarding their professionalism when the band reunited in 1996. As he said, he was not enjoying the time being around Frehley and Criss. The bodyguard also mentioned that music producer Bill Curbishley did not find Criss’ drumming successful.
Michael Francis said about KISS members:
“Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are total professionals. They’re always up before everybody else, and they work their arses off, even at their age. That’s why they’re still around, and 90 percent of the other bands from that era are not. They never have an off night. They always come out of the dressing room and give 100 percent – and they aren’t just sitting on stools and playing the guitar, like Sting. They’re flying up in the air; they’re breathing fire; they spit blood.
When Kiss did the reunion tour in 1996 with the original line-up, Ace and Peter were the total opposite of Gene and Paul. They were totally unprofessional and not very nice people to be around. If you could counteract that with, ‘Oh, he’s a great guitarist!’ or ‘He’s a great drummer!’ it wouldn’t have been so bad, but you couldn’t even do that.
We went to see The Who during that tour, and The Who’s manager Bill Curbishley grabbed hold of me and said: “I want you to see something.” And he made me watch John Entwistle’s bass solo. It was outrageous. So then we made Bill come to see KISS, and we made him watch Peter’s drum solo. Bill watched him for a minute and then said: “Get me a policeman. I want him arrested for impersonating a drummer.”
Since Michael Francis has spent a lot of time with rock stars, he has some experiences with them. According to him, KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley professionally do their job, which is why they are very successful. On the other hand, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are not like Simmons and Stanley in terms of professionalism, as the bodyguard stated.