Back in November, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has returned to the band during an acoustic set for 2018’s KISS Kruise.
During in a recent Q&A sessions, Ace Frehley has revealed the story behind KISS reunion show. He said:
“I had fun. At the last minute, Doc [McGhee, KISS manager] came into my cabin and said, ‘Do you wanna do that acoustic set with the guys?’, which was the first show on the cruise.
So it was really haphazard. We threw it together. They said, ‘What songs do you wanna play?’ Then they handed me this guitar that really had heavy-gauge strings on. I said, ‘Could you put lighter-gauge strings on, so I can maybe play a little lead?’
So they switched the strings, but it was still really hard to play lead on that acoustic. And then, after that, I didn’t see the guys for the rest of the cruise.”
Watch the performance below.
Two months ago, he spoke in an interview with Loudwire and explained his thoughts about returning to KISS for their “End Of The Road” farewell tour. He said that his return to the band depends on promoters. Here’s the statement:
“They’re testing the waters. I think they’re waiting for promoters to come backand say, ‘Well, we’ll give you X amount of dollars if Ace is involved and Peter is involved.’ It’s all about money with those guys and they’ll be the first to admit it, especially Gene. When Doc McGee gets a call from a promoter and they say, ‘We’ll give you double the amount of money with Ace and Peter,’ we’re gonna get the call.
If I come back, I’m gonna take my throne back, or I’m not coming back. A lot of fans are saying if I’m not involved in the next tour, they’re not going. That’s probably making Paul and Gene a little nervous … I can’t imagine them doing an ‘End of the Road’ tour with the same lineup. They’ve been playing for 15 years, there’s nothing special about doing one last big tour with the same lineup.
I told Paul and Gene, ‘I’m the guy now that you’ve always wanted me to be.’ I was a screwup and I was always late and didn’t show up on time and missed recording sessions. I was telling them this year, ‘I’m now the guy you always wanted me to be.’ Hopefully it sinks in, you know?”
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