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As you may already know, legendary rock band Kiss these days consists of only two of its original members, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The other two original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are no longer in the band despite them still being synonymous with the band’s legacy.
Though Ace’s departure in particular is controversial even to this day, a bit of information that Gene Simmons himself just released may explain just why it’s important that Ace is not in the band anymore. In a recent interview with Loudwire, Gene Simmons was asked to comment on Ace Frehley’s statement that he would have taken his own life had he not left Kiss for the first time back in 1982. Here is what he had to say.
“That’s true. We didn’t know that or feel it, that’s what Ace felt and that’s what he told us more than once. ‘I gotta get off the road, I’ve been self-destructive.’ He didn’t have a check and balance system there. You’re surrounded by ‘yes-men’, so if your tendency is to sedate yourself when you get back into the room – you are going from a million miles an hour to zero, you go back to your room and it’s hush quiet, and many people, especially people in bands, turn on themselves. They can’t deal with the quiet. Adulation itself is also bizarre. It helps to be delusional like me, so I can deal with it a lot easier. So no drugs, no booze for me, no cigarettes, nothing. But if you have that gene in your system, or have self-esteem issues, you will go to the dark and deep. And again, there’s nobody stopping you. So, he was right, he was gonna kill himself. More than once.”