Ex-KISS member Ace Frehley is really upset with some comments that Paul Stanley shared recently; in fact, he’s so mad with Stanley that he’s made it clear that he wants a formal apology, or else he is going to spill some “dirt.”
So what is Frehley so upset about? The specific comments that have gotten the ex-KISS member so heated are in regard to what Stanley said on The Howard Stern Show earlier this month. While talking about the band’s decision to not perform at their Rock Hall induction ceremony, Stanley expressed the following:
“They were demanding, quite honestly, that we play with the two original guys, Peter [Criss] and Ace [Frehley], and at this point, that would be demeaning to the band, and also would give some people confusion. ‘Cause if you saw people on stage who looked like KISS but sounded like that, maybe we should be called PISS.”
Frehley has taken a major offensive to this point, and during a recent conversation on Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk (which took place yesterday March 29th), he spoke to his anger with Stanley. In regard to how angry he is by Stanley’s comments, Frehley unloaded a whole lot of smack talk and said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“You know what it is? It’s Paul’s frustration and insecurity that he has to use backing tapes. And we’re only six months apart, and I can still get up there and belt it out and hit the keys, and he can’t. And it’s very unfortunate. And I’m very sad [about] the fact that he’s using backing tracks. It’s cheapening the brand, which affects my bottom line, because I still get paid from KISS on merchandising and whatever else they do. And I’m pissed off about it.”
Frehley then went on to talk about his various frustrations with the band, even claiming that they’ve been “badmouthing” him since he left KISS. He eventually came back around to talking about Stanley’s comments, and at one point, he declared that he wants a formal apology from the KISS singer. He also goes on to mention that he has a manuscript that, apparently, has the power to “ruin” Stanley and Gene Simmons. Per Frehley:
“But as far as what he said on Howard Stern, I’m going to make a statement to Paul Stanley right now. And Paul, if you’re not listening, I’m sure one of your associates in the KISS group are. And I’m telling you that I want my formal apology for what you said and a retraction and an apology within seven days. And if I don’t get that within seven days, I’m coming back on Ed Trunk’s show and I’m gonna tell some dirt that nobody knows about Paul and Gene that I’ve always kept to myself because I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t talk about this. I like to talk about the positive stuff.
“You’ve read my book. You’ve read Paul’s book. You’ve read Peter’s book. A lot of times those guys are just throwing people under the bus,” Frehley noted. “I mean, in Paul’s book, he even threw Gene under the bus. What I tried to do was have a fun, entertaining book with interesting stories, and this is the way I am. I’m not the kind of guy who kisses and tells. When it comes to negativity, and we’ve all done things that we regret over the years — it’s there.
“I have a 120-page manuscript that I wrote after I finished my book. My attorney has it in a safety deposit box. God forbid anything happens to me. My attorney is instructed to release it to The New York Times, Rolling Stone, API [sic], everybody. So they can’t intimidate me with trying to hurt me or say, ‘You’d better not say anything about me live on the radio.’ Because then they’re totally screwed. Their careers will be ruined.”
What do you make of Frehley’s threat to Stanley and Simmons?