Why Paul Stanley And Gene Simmons Offered $15,000 To Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley was the original lead guitarist and co-founding member of KISS, with whom he worked between the years 1973 and 1982. During his career in the band, he invented the stage persona of The Spaceman and contributed to the band’s success with his guitar-playing and songwriting of some of the band’s songs.

Starting from 1972, Frehley’s songwriting contributions within KISS had increased. Furthermore, he wasn’t happy with the musical direction of the band. His participation in the band’s material then became limited, and he decided to leave the band in 1982 following KISS’ ‘Killers’ and ‘Creatures Of The Night’ albums.

In 1996, Frehley rejoined the band for a quite successful reunion tour. However, his second tenure with the band lasted until 2002. In October 2018, Frehley reunited with them again for the band’s KISS Kruise. Nevertheless, it turned out that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley offered him $15,000 to prevent him from talking with the fans after the Kruise.

Why Did Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Pay Ace Frehley $15,000?

In a 2020 interview with Loudwire, Ace Frehley recalled the time he performed on the KISS Kruise in 2019. The guitarist stated that he lost contact with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley after the shows, and they even paid him $15,000 not to do a Q&A with fans. He then claimed they were afraid of what the audience would ask him.

Following that, Frehley revealed that Simmons and Stanley didn’t treat him right. Due to that reason, he said he wouldn’t do another KISS Kruise with them. Elaborating on his remarks, Frehley stated that he never heard from his former bandmates again as they didn’t take him to dinner or thank him for his contributions.

During the conversation, Ace Frehley said about the KISS Kruise in 2019 the following:

“After the tour, I had no contact with those guys, and they actually paid me $15,000 not to do a Q&A. What are they afraid that I’m going to say? We were all friends. I guess they were afraid of what questions the audience was going to ask me. I don’t know. I’m good in front of people, I’m funny. I don’t get it.

I did the cruise, pretty much, for the money and the fans. Would I ever do another Kiss Kruise? No. I just didn’t like the way I was treated. I did that first set with the guys, and then I never heard from them again. They never took me out to dinner, or I never got a big thank you. Paul took off, and I never spoke to them for the rest of the cruise. So, I thought it was a little odd.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.