KISS bass guitarist and co-founder Gene Simmons explained why Ace Frehley didn’t take a part in the ‘KISStory’ documentary during a recent appearance on ‘Talking Wax With Adika Live.’
KISS’ biographical movie was released with a two-night event on A&E, Biography: KISStory, but it was mostly criticized for not featuring Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who were two of the most important members of the band.
In the conversation, Gene revealed that both of these musicians didn’t want to appear in the show even though they asked them to be a part of it, and that’s why they barely appeared in the documentary.
Moreover, Gene pointed out that Frehley wanted certain things to happen in the movie, which would be impossible to do, and this was the second reason why Ace Frehley didn’t appear in the movie that much.
Gene Simmons said:
“Like, we just had this documentary that came out that’s a headlining thing at the Tribeca Film Festival, and, of course, without even thinking twice about it, we reached out to both Ace and Peter, ‘Hey, come and be part of this thing. You helped create the band. No question about it.’ And they refused.
Ace wanted certain… ‘I want this. I want that. I want editing rights,’ and that kind of stuff. And God love him, that wasn’t gonna happen. I didn’t get those rights and didn’t want them; I just wanted to throw caution to the wind and get the thing done. So they barely appear in it.”
More in the conversation, Gene also mentioned that both Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made horrible choices in their careers and said that these choices affected their healths, careers, and more.