Ace Frehley Says Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Should Focus On Music
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.20.2014
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley said that his former bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should focus more on their music instead of making political statements. Here are highlights:
On the reviews of his album Space Invader: "Some of the reviews have been so over the top, some think that I paid people to write the music. [Laughs] But you know, the jury's out. As far as I'm concerned, none of that means anything until the fans tell me what they think, because it's for the fans. I try to make records that my fans want to hear. My last album, Anomaly, most of my fans like that record, but some of the complaints was it wasn't heavy enough, I should have played more guitar, so when it came time to do Space Invader I kept that in mind."
On mixing politics with music: "I don't think people in the entertainment business should get too involved in politics because it kind of blurs things. I want people to stay focused on my music, not because I don't want people to kill animals for leather. [Laughs] The whole PETA thing. I'm not saying it's wrong for other people, but my personal choice is no. Let's stay focused on the music. I don't want to be part owner of an [arena] football team. [Laughs] That's Paul and Gene's newest venture. The first thing that came to my mind [when I heard that] was, 'Hey, what about the music? Why don't you stay focused on the music?' It just seems like they're spreading themselves a little thin. Maybe you should focus on your records a little more and they'd be better. And you can quote that."
On meeting Robin Williams: "Not much. We were both too loaded. [Laughs] You have any idea how many celebrities that I've partied with that I don't even remember? I had so many blackouts in the '70s. That's why when I write books I get together with old friends and old bodyguards and people that I've worked with over the years, and they start saying, 'Ace, remember this night? Remember that night?' That's how I got through [my autobiography] No Regrets, and I'm doing it again for my second book."