In an interview on the “Eddie Trunk Rocks” radio show Friday, transcribed by Blabbermouth, original Kiss member Ace Frehley responded to recent comments made by Gene Simmons.
Gene recently said being in a band with Frehley and original Kiss drummer Peter Criss was like having “cancer in your system” which must be cut out “as fast as you can.”
“I don’t know what’s up with Gene,” explains Ace. “He used to say to me in the ’70s, every time I did something stupid, he’d go, ‘Ace, you’re shooting yourself in the foot again.’ Well, he’s been shooting himself in the foot for years.
“Gene’s living in the past,” says Ace, who I used to see walking around the L.E.S. all the time.
“He’s become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he’s not respected by his peers; he’s pissed off thousands of fans; he’s never had a hit single, like I’ve had,” says Ace.
“I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn’t. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and [Jimi] Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison… it’s endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What’s he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people.”
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