The mudslinging between the former members of future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Kiss continues, as frontman and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley said former lead guitarist Ace Frehley “threw away incredible potential and talent,” according to a report today from Rolling Stone.
The remarks come a week after the group announced that they would not perform in any iteration of the band during its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In an interview with Guitar World, Stanley called the early days with Frehley “magical,” but the guitarist didn’t continue to work on his craft.
“But in my mind it's a crime what Ace did: He threw away incredible potential and talent,” Stanley said.
Stanley said he saw Frehley as a promising young guitarist “burning bright” with the potential to be a “real contender,” but that faded with time.
“… He stopped practicing. He got involved with a whole lot of things that really diluted and diminished his craft. I saw that comet grow dim,” Stanley said.
There seems to be no love lost between Stanley and Frehley, who departed from Kiss in 1982, two years after drummer Peter Criss left the band.
Both Frehley and Criss lobbed shots at Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons after it was decided Kiss would not perform at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
“It’s something the fans wanted, it’s something the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame asked of all four of us,” Frehley said. “They shot it down. It is what it is. I don’t completely understand it, but those guys do a lot of things that don’t make sense to me. It’s unfortunate for the fans. We’re being inducted because of the fans. And I feel like the fans are being let down. And I’m upset about it; I’ve got to be honest with you.”
Said Criss: “It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.”