Ace Frehley Has Reached Out To Fellow KISS Co-Founders In Lockdown

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

April 28, 2020

Pandemic lockdown couldn't drive the co-founders of KISS any further apart, but the Kiss Army will be pleasantly surprise to learn that it might have gotten at least a few of them back in touch.

Ex-Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley says the COVID-19 crisis prompted him to reach out to Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss just last week. He told Eddie Trunk on Monday that he's also communicated recently with Kiss manager Doc McGhee and longtime Kiss drummer Eric Singer.

"I texted Paul and Gene last week and just wished them well, and Peter," Frehley said. "And I got a text from Doc. Everybody's okay — thank God. Knock on wood. Eric Singer's been sending me some silly texts (laughs). 'Cause me and Eric always got along really well on the road."

While Simmons and Stanley have flatly refused to bring Frehley or Criss back into the band, McGhee confirmed last fall that he intended to reach out to all former members of the band to gauge their interest in contributing to Kiss's 'End of the Road' tour.

Frehley hasn't been one to keep much Kiss-related info to himself, so it seems that if the recent communications between the co-founders included anything more than pleasantries, the Spaceman would have spilled the beans.

"Everything's cool," he added. "What's gonna happen is gonna happen. But everything is delayed at this juncture, so who knows? ... I'm doing my own thing. Unless they come forward and the price is right, you're not gonna see me anywhere close by."

Frehley reconnected with both Stanley and Simmons in the last decade, but their relationship seemed to sour again as Kiss began its farewell tour without the guitarist.

Simmons and Stanley have been taking the lockdown seriously. Stanley has done a series of Kiss guitar clinics via social media. Simmons has given several interviews, urging fans to observe social distancing.

Just recently Simmons, said that Kiss would not resume its farewell tour until there is a COVID-19 vaccine.

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