Paul Stanley says that fans shouldn't lose any sleep over the feud between his fellow KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley.
"I think that whatever ill will or anger there is usually dissipates over time," Stanley told Fox News Digital earlier this month (see video below). "Hopefully it will. The difference between us and other families or other relationships is that ours finds its way into the news. Everybody goes through things that are similar, but in our case, it's entertainment for people. Reading the news and gossip is entertainment. You don't get to read what your neighbors are spatting about, but you get to read what celebrities are spatting about. But I wouldn't lose any sleep over it."
Before KISS's "End Of The Road" tour launched in January, Frehley addressed some comments Simmons made about about a possible reunion of the band's original lineup, dismissing Gene's claim that Ace had been fired from KISS three times (he says he quit), alleging that Simmons groped Ace's wife during one of the bassist's "Vault Experience" events in Los Angeles and accusing Simmons and Stanley of trying "to derail my solo career multiple times over the years." After the allegations, he included a threat: "Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back and removing Tommy [Thayer] from the throne I created, the shit will hit the fan and they'll [sic] be no stopping it. It's on!!!" He concluded the post with an image of him pointing at a camera emblazoned with the words, "The gloves are off!!"
Frehley's post was an apparent response to an interview Simmons gave Guitar World, in which Gene said he wasn't sure if he would invite Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss on the "End Of The Road" tour. "Ace and Peter have gotten three chances," Simmons said. "They were in and out of the band — fired — three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren't carrying their load. … So the short answer to your question is we'd love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don't, it's not going to be because of us. But they're never going to be in KISS again."
Regarding his last statement, that Frehley and Criss will never be full members of KISS again, Simmons added: "Three times is the charm; 'I promise I'll pull out' doesn't work. It's the boy who cried wolf: 'Oh, I've been straight for a million years.' Terrific! Have a good life! … Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace or Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your fucking life."
Less than a month later, Simmons refused to go into detail about Ace's explosive remarks, telling the Los Angeles Times: "I'm not gonna say anything in print other than I love Ace and Peter and I thank them forever — they're every bit as important as Paul and myself for launching the band. I'm not going to make any guesses of why the emotions are so volatile, but it's happened before."
In the months after KISS announced "End Of The Road", fans wondered openly if Frehley and Criss would be involved in the tour, especially considering the apparent recent goodwill between Paul and Gene and Ace. Frehley's latest album "Spaceman" — a title suggested by Simmons himself — features two songs the pair wrote together, and the duo completed a joint summer tour of Australia, after which Frehley fired his solo backing band and hired Simmons's.