Ace Frehley’s Kiss Hall of Fame Reunion Rules: ‘You Can’t Have Me and Tommy Both in Makeup’
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley says he’s happy to perform with his former bandmates at the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony — as long as he’s the only one wearing his famous makeup.
Frehley reported that he had a “very nice,” congratulatory conversation with founding and current Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, but that they won’t hash out any details of their April 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony plans until after the holidays.
He did confirm that only the four original members of Kiss — and not Thayer, Singer, Eric Carr or Bruce Kulick, each of whom has logged over a decade in the band — will be formally inducted into the Hall, something Trunk has been reporting since the 2014 class was announced earlier this week.
Frehley also said that he knows “for a fact” that the Hall of Fame wants the original foursome to perform together in makeup and that he’s happy to do so, although he jokingly notes that he’d have to shave off his goatee and “lose 10 or 15 pounds” over the next few months.
He’s also cool with all former members participating — to a point. “You can’t have me and (current Kiss guitarist) Tommy (Thayer) both in makeup,’ Frehley declared on Eddie Trunk‘s annual Kissmas radio show. At another point he stated, “I don’t have a problem with Tommy and (current drummer) Eric (Singer) being there out of makeup if I’m in makeup, because they’re a big part of Kiss today. [But] they had nothing to do with the beginning of Kiss, or the designs or the costumes or the makeup… this is about the celebration of Kiss and how it all began and started, and it should be honoring the four original members.”
But again, he insists there’s room for everybody: “If those guys wanna come up and do ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ with the whole cast of the show, you know, that would be a great thing. They deserve a little!”