Ace Frehley has told VintageRock.com that "the only way" he would "seriously consider" taking part in KISS's upcoming "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour" is "if I took back my make-up and costume and my character — which I designed." He added that current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer "is not a bad guitar player, but he basically just mimics everything I wrote, and tries to imitate my persona. He's been doing it for 15 years," he said. "But the reality is I'm the original guy. And nobody can really copy the way I play guitar."
Asked if he would still consider participating in the tour if original KISS drummer Peter Criss was not involved, Ace said: "I think it would be great if Peter was involved. Obviously, at this point in his life, he wouldn’t be able to do a two-hour show. But I can see if we worked out a situation where Peter came out at the end and did three or four songs — sang 'Beth', did 'Black Diamond' and a couple of others, I think that would be fun."
Ace told Houston Press earlier in the month that he hasn't been approached to take part in KISS's farewell tour. "I haven't been asked to do anything with KISS," he said. "The fans are talking about it, but I haven't got the phone calls. So until that happens, it's still up in the air."
As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, KISS already performed a "Farewell Tour". The trek, which was the last to feature both Ace and Peter, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia.
Frehley, whose new solo album, "Spaceman", was released on October 19 via eOne, first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour."