When Ace Frehley Labeled Gene Simmons A Sex Addict For Inappropriately Touching His Wife
KISS was founded in 1973 by members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss. The four members gained success with their music, unusual stage costumes, hair, and makeup. Their live performances were regarded as absurd and dangerous because they included fire breathing, blood spitting, and smoking guitars.
The band reached success shortly after their debut album and is now considered one of the most influential rock bands. The band’s success has lasted no matter how many lineup changes it went through. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are the only two KISS members who have never left the band. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss quit and rejoined the band in 1996, and Peter Criss left again in 2001.
KISS’ ‘End Of The Road World Tour’ began in 2019 but was postponed to 2022 because of the pandemic. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were discussing whether the original KISS members should be included in the ‘End Of The Road World Tour,’ and there have been problems emerging between the members.
What Is The Problem Between The Founding Members Of Kiss?
Gene Simmons often accused Ace Frehley of being a drug and alcohol addict and an untrustworthy person. Simmons added that Frehley was a good option when they first formed the band, but now, KISS wouldn’t be as successful if he stayed. Gene and Stanley don’t want the two members, who according to them got kicked out a couple of times, in the band anymore.
Here is the reason why they cannot trust Frehley and Criss:
“Ace and Peter have gotten three chances. They were in and out of the band, fired, three times for drugs, alcohol, bad behaviour, being unprofessional. They weren’t carrying their load. So the short answer to your question is we’d love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don’t, it’s not going to be because of us. But they’re never going to be in KISS again.”
Frehley got angry because Simmons harmed his reputation by calling him an irresponsible addict. The musician stressed that he was never fired from the band but decided to quit because Gene and Paul are too hard to work with. He then claimed that Gene Simmons is a sex addict. Ace added that not only is he obsessed with sex, but he also touched his wife inappropriately once. Apparently, his wife was going to file a lawsuit against Simmons but was stopped by Frehley.
In a Facebook post in 2019, Ace Frehley blasted Gene Simmons by stating:
“My Reaction to Gene’s Post Today
Gene, your memory is really incorrect! I was never fired from KISS. I quit twice (not 3-times) of my own free will because you and Paul are control freaks, untrustworthy, and were too difficult to work with!
Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years have cost me millions of dollars, and now that I’m over 12-years sober you’re still saying I can’t be trusted to play a whole night’s show! Well, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12-years with different configurations of ‘The Ace Frehley Band’ to you and Paul’s dismay! I’m also the most successful solo artist to come out of the original KISS lineup, and proud of it! You and Paul have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully.
I’ve tried to be nice and friendly by inviting you and Paul to perform on my past albums for eOne Music, give each of you guys one of my prized Gibson Les Paul 59′ models, but today’s comments have made me realise you’re just an asshole and a sex addict who’s being sued by multiple women, and you’re just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!”
He continued by accusing Simmons of sexual assault by stating:
“The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back when I was trying to help you out at one of your ‘Vault Experiences,’ which I only found out about several weeks later. She was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!
Well now the gloves are off after your terrible comments today, and I’m thinking that this really may be ‘The End Of The Road Tour’ for you guys! Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing Tommy from the Throne that I created, the shit will hit the fan, and there’ll be no stopping it. It’s on.”
You can see the Facebook post below.