Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

KISSing Ace Frehley Farewell

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Friday, August 1, 2003 @ 1:48 PM


Axeman Frehley Will Not Tour W

- advertisement -
As reported by Reuters/Billboard:

NEW YORK (Billboard) - With Kiss nearing the launch of its co-headlining trek with Aerosmith, the band's former guitarist, Ace Frehley, wants fans to know he won't be a part of the tour, and that he's hard at work on his next solo record.

In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Frehley said he began planning and working on his seventh, as-yet-untitled solo set at the end of the Kiss "Farewell" tour in 2001 because bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley told him that the jaunt would be the group's last.

"So I'm not gonna sit around and twiddle my thumbs," Frehley says. "I started preparing, before the tour was even over, and built a recording studio on my property and started writing. I miss my fans, and I apologize to them if they're let down that I'm not touring with Kiss. But I did what any normal person would have done. When I was out of a job, I made other plans, and once that's set in motion, I can't drop everything once Gene Simmons calls and says, 'We may be touring this time.'

"I wasn't available emotionally or mentally, and, economically, I didn't need the tour," Frehley says. "I had gotten to the state of mind of not repeating old things ... the term beating a dead horse kind of applies to it a little."

Although it may be beside the point, Frehley says he also didn't like the idea of being an opening act. Although Kiss and Aerosmith are being billed as co-headliners, the latter will close each night on the tour, on which a revolving stage will be used to speed up set changes.

"Kiss is one of the biggest rock groups in the world. I mean, I don't understand the reasoning behind Gene's train of thought as being an opening act for a group that used to open for us," Frehley says.

In an interview appearing in the Aug. 9 issue of Billboard, Stanley downplays the notion Kiss is opening for Aerosmith. "Regardless of when we go on, our job remains the same," he says. "We can only be who we are, and the fact that somebody has to go on before somebody else is a moot point to us."

Frehley also dismisses rumors that his absence is a result of any battles with alcohol or drugs. Over the years, alcohol and substance abuse have long been blamed as contributing factors to Frehley and drummer Peter Criss' departure from the group in the early 1980s.

"Physically and mentally, I've never been fitter. Just to set the record straight, I haven't had a drink or a drug in months," says Frehley, now in his early 50s. "I've really gotten into a health kick, because I'm not getting any younger. I can't do the stuff I used to do in the '70s. That's insane. I fooled around with that stuff for years, but at this point in my life, it's not the right road for me to take."

When the Kiss/Aerosmith tour kicks off Saturday (Aug. 2) in Hartford, Conn., Stanley, Simmons and Criss will be joined by longtime Kiss staffer and one-time tour manager Tommy Thayer, ex-guitarist for the 1980s metal act Black 'N Blue.

"Tommy and I are very good friends," Frehley says of his replacement, who will be -- and has been for roughly a year now -- performing in Frehley's signature "Spaceman" makeup and costume. "If I had to pick anybody to fill my shoes ... I would pick Tommy."

Yet Frehley says he's somewhat bothered by the fact that the advertising for the tour makes no mention of his absence.

"They've basically been saying the real band is going to play, and it kind of gives the impression of deception," he says. "But everybody has their perception."

Thayer is given full credit on the new Alive IV disc, a recording of the band's February show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which was his second gig with the band.

The guitarist has been writing and recording material for his next solo album for the better part of two years at home in Upper Westchester County, New York, where he's resided for more than a decade.

It's there, on his 7 1/2-acre estate that he recently completed work on Ace in the Hole 2, his home multimedia studio and rehearsal space. Before he left Kiss for the first time in 1982, Frehley and the band recorded that year's Music From the Elder album at the original Ace in the Hole studio at the guitarist's former home in Wilton, Conn. He's in discussions with labels to issue the solo set next year. Of his new material, Frehley says, "It's really nothing different from what I've always done in the past; it's just newer and fresher. And hopefully it's gonna sound a little updated. Obviously, as music progresses, I take note of what's happening in the music world. ... But, as far as the guts of my music, that will never change: When you knock down the songs to the bare minimum, it's rock 'n' roll." In its 30 years, Kiss has undergone numerous lineup changes, beginning when Criss left the band in 1980 and was replaced by late drummer Eric Carr. Thayer is the fourth guitarist to take Frehley's place alongside Stanley at stage left.

Frehley and Criss reunited with Stanley and Simmons at Kiss' 1995 taping of MTV Unplugged. Roughly a year later, the original band reformed and returned to stadiums and arenas in full makeup and costumes.

In a separate interview, Stanley told Billboard recently that during the '70s, when it became clear that "the original band would not make it to the end, had a life-changing moment when we decided that should a member want to leave ... that's not enough reason for the band to fold.

"Once Ace made it clear that he wanted to pursue a solo career, for whatever reasons," he added, "I was clear that the priority was for the band to continue."


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
CLUTCH Announce New 2019 Winter Tour Dates
WARKINGS Unleash "Sparta" Music Video
SWALLOW THE SUN Unveil New Album Details For When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light
New Supergroup SPIRITS OF FIRE, Featuring TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, CHRIS CAFFERY, STEVE DIGIORGIO & MRK ZONDER, Reveal Debut Album
STEEL PANTHER Announce First US Tour Dates Of 2019 With The "Heavy Metal Mardi Gras" Tour
EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING Reveals Band Running Order
THE GLORIOUS SONS Confirm 2019 U.S. Headline Tour
TYGERS OF PAN TANG Set To Release Hellbound Spellbound Live 1981
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS Launch Music Video Shot By Fans For “Mind Your Manners”
HYPOCRISY, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE & AENIMUS Announce North American Tour
NEW YEARS DAY Stream New Song "Skeletons" From Forthcoming Album
JOE PERRY Debuts New Video For "Quake" Featuring GARY CHERONE
HARD ROCK HELL XIII Reveals Inital Bands For 2019
DEVIN TOWNSEND Announces "An Evening With" Acoustic Solo Tour
BULLETS AND OCTANE Release "When We Were Young" Single/Music Video
RED DRAGON CARTEL Announces North American Tour
AUGUST BURNS RED Releases Winter Wilderness EP
ARTILLERY Releases Video For Third Single, "Pain"
LACUNA COIL Releases 'Nothing Stands In Our Way' Book
KANE ROBERTS Set To Release The New Normal Solo Album
IRON MAIDEN Announce "Legacy Of The Beast" 2019 Dates
NORDIC NOISE Announces First Bands For 2019
A PERFECT CIRCLE Drop Gleefully Apocalyptic Video For "So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish"
TRIPTYKON, ROADBURN Collaborate In The Completion Of CELTIC FROST's Unfinished Requiem
More MEGADETH Inaugural MEGACRUISE Details Revealed
QUIET RIOT Set To Release One Night in Milan Live Album
CRIMSON REIGN Debut '"The Darker Side Of Life" Video
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announces 2019 North American Headlining Tour
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE Premiere "The Old Me" Video
Ex-DOKKEN Supergroup Changes Band Name From SUPERSTROKE To THE END: machine
VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS Release Lyric Video For "Walk Away"
DEKO MUSIC Launches New Label With Specialty Vinyl Releases
SILVER TALON Rises From SPELLCASTER Ashes
TANTRIC Premieres Official "Letting Go" Music Video
RAVEN Set To Unleash New Live Album Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live in Aalborg
SLEEPKILLERS Drop Video For "Dirty Foot"
BILLYBIO (BIOHAZARD/POWERFLO) Set To Release Debut Solo Album, Feed The Fire
DREAM THEATER Unveil New Album Distance Over Time, 2019 North American Tour
LIKE A STORM Release New Video For "Pure Evil"
HOLLOW CRY Unleash New Track, "Procrastinated"
OZZY OSBOURNE Announces Tour Dates With MEGADETH
BILL HUDSON's NORTHTALE Unveil First Song "Shape Your Reality" From Upcoming Album
CELLAR DARLING Stream New Single, Video For "Insomnia"
METALWINGS Launch "For All Beyond" Video
BEDLEM, Featuring PAUL WANDTKE (ex-TRIVIUM), Releases Debut LP Back To Bedlem
MEKA NISM Premiere Music Video "Black Sky"
BLACK WATER RISING Premieres New Video For "World of Frustration"
HERMAN FRANK Set To Release Fight The Fear Album
AMON AMARTH Launches "Raise Your Horns" Live Video
"Burn In Hell" With DANKO JONES' New Track
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD Release Surprise EP, Psalms
BUCKCHERRY Reveal First New Track in Over Three Years, "Head Like A Hole"
THE POWER OF THE RIFF's Final Lineup Announced
New Book, Long Live Queen: Rock Royalty Discuss Freddie, Brian, John & Roger, Out Now
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Debut New Music Video, Kick Off European Tour
GODSMACK Announce 2019 European Tour Dates
SEVENDUST Release Music Video For "Unforgiven"
TENGGER CAVALRY Frontman Curates Nomadic Metal Compilation, Sound of The Raging Steppe
SODOM Go "One Step Over The Line" With New Single, Video
WHITECHAPEL Set To Release New Album The Valley
AUGUST BURNS RED Confirm Winter 2019 Tour Dates
DUST BOLT Are Trapped In Chaos With New Album
More OZZFEST New Year's Eve Los Angeles Details Revealed
MAGNUM Announce New Live Album Live At The Symphony Hall
KAMELOT Announce 2019 North American Tour
ARCHITECTS Release "Modern Misery" Video
BEAST IN BLACK Unveil From Hell With Love"
THE MARYLAND DOOM FEST Confirms Its 2019 Full 5th Anniversary Lineup
FIGHT THE FURY Drop New Video "My Demons"
LAST UNION Featuring MIKE LEPOND, ULI KUSCH And JAMES LABRIE Reveal Twelve Album Details
AMBERIAN DAWN Premiere Video For "Cherish My Memory"
ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Feat. DAVID ELLEFSON (MEGADETH), FRANK BELLO (ANTHRAX) Ready New Album Get It Out
QUEENSYRCHE Unveil New Album The Verdict, Spring Tour
BRITISH LION Stream New Track “Spit Fire” Ahead Of November Tour
HAMMERFALL To Release Legacy Of Kings - 20 Year Anniversary Edition Boxset
STELLAR CIRCUITS Drops "Skylights" Video
GRANNY 4 BARREL Kick Off Tour With CKY
SOILWORK Release "Full Moon Shoals" Single, Video
NIGHTWISH Confirm Re-Issue End Of An Era Live Album
ASHES OF ARES Unleash "Let All Despair" Video
MARTY FRIEDMAN Reveals 2019 U.S Tour Dates
ACCEPT Reveal Live Video For "Symphony No. 40"
VOLBEAT To Release Live Album, Concert Film Let's Boogie! Live From Telia Parken
KISS Announces First "End Of The Road" Tour Dates
GIN ANNIE Set To Release Debut Album 100% Proof
SURF CITY BLITZ Reveals Band Performance Times, Motorcycle Event Times, Onsite Activities & More
JETBOY Are "Beating The Odds" With New Track Streaming
LORD OF THE LOST Reveal Confession (Live at Christuskirche) CD/DVD
WARKINGS Release Second Glorious Single "Hephaistos"
OPETH Announce LA Garden Of The Titans Film Screening
METAL ALLEGIANCE Confirm Their Annual Los Angeles January Metal Assault
Music Industry Veterans Look To Reward Fans, Sites, And Musicians With Revolutionary CNOTE
Canadian Rockers ONE Go All Or Nothing With New Album
STEVE VAI Unveils "Dark Matter" Video
CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS Streams Documentary Of WARREL DANE Recording Shadow Work
TED POLEY's Modern Art Album Gets Splatter Vinyl Issue
POWERWOLF Premiere Video For Title Track "The Sacrament Of Sin"
REPENTANCE Stream New Single, "Enter The Gallows"
ICE NINE KILLS Drop "Stabbing In The Dark" Video
STATIC-X Returns with Original Band Lineup, Announces New Album, World Tour For 20th Anniversary Of Debut Album, Wisconsin Death Trip
SIRENIA Launch Official Video For "Into The Night"
Artist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Documentary Bloodlines: The Art And Life Of Vincent Castiglia Out In November
STRIKER Go "Head First" With New Video
2019 ROCKSTOK Festival Announced
JINJER Releases New Single And Video For "Ape"
OZZFEST To Celebrate New Year's Eve In Los Angeles
LIKE A STORM Announce December Headline Tour
MAC SABBATH Debuts Meaty Marionette Music Video For "Sweet Beef"
JORN To Release 50 Years On Earth - The Anniversary Box Set
MYLES KENNEDY Releases The Great Beyond Video
STARBREAKER, Featuring TONY HARNELL And MAGNUS KARLSSON, Readies New Album Dysphoria
AFTERSHOK Unleash "Forever In Metal" Video
FATE DESTROYED Caution "We Fall" In New Music Video
INGLORIOUS Announce New Album Ride To Nowhere
DIRE PERIL Unleash "Blood In The Ice" Video
ARTILLERY Releases New Single, "Crossroads To Conspiracy"
BEAST IN BLACK Reveal New Album "From Hell With Love"
FRACTAL CYPHER's New Music Video Reaches "From The Above And To The Stars"
TENGGER CAVALRY Announce North American Tour
GHOST Reaches Into The Past For "Dance Macabre" Video
REVERENCE Announce Vengeance Is...Live Live Album
KATAKLYSM Release New Animated Video For “...And Then I Saw Blood”
ALL THAT REMAINS Guitarist OLI HERBERT Passes Away At 44
GWAR Set To Release New Graphic Novel GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Are "Not Dead Yet" With New Video
ENSIFERUM Announces 2019 North American Headlining Trek, "Two Paths Of Glory Tour"
ARIA Stream Lyric Video Ahead Of New Album Curse Of The Sea
ACE FREHLEY Is "Rockin' With The Boys" In New Video
KILLCODE Drop First Video In Trilogy For "The Answer"
ROCKFEST 80’s Music Festival Returns For Year Three
GODSMACK's 2018 European Tour Postponed
GOATWHORE Announces Additional Headlining Shows
WAR OF THRONES Unleash "Say What" Video
Inaugural ROCKLANTA Festival Announced For 2019
JIZZY PEARL'S LOVE/HATE Returns To The UK For Four Special Shows





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News