Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s new book, “No Regrets: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir”, is in stores Tuesday, and it’s already making headlines.
The New York Post has reviewed an advance copy of the book and, in it, Frehley labels ex-bandmate Gene Simmons a “sex addict” who had no luck with women before becoming a rock star.
“I believe Gene is a sex addict, in much the same way I am an alcoholic,” Ace writes. “If you’ve been with only one or two women (and had to beg for whatever you got off them), it must be intoxicating to suddenly have groupies falling all over you.”
“[Gene] would f–k almost anything,” Frehley recalls. “Short, tall; plump, svelte; attractive, merely tolerable.” And Simmons suffered the consequences: “[He] seemed to live in a state of perpetual infestation,” Frehley writes of the bassist’s epic battle with lice [and not of the scalp].
“You go from getting laid once or twice a year to getting laid a hundred times by a hundred different women. We all have our issues and vices, and I saw Gene’s behavior affect him, and the band, sometimes in a negative way.”
Ace also asserts that Simmons was a “fastidious” businessman, but an “utter mess in his personal life.”
Frehley, who played with KISS from ’73 to ’82, and rejoined the act from ’96 to ’02, partied with Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper and John Belushi, and battled cocaine addiction while the band made $100 million per year from merchandise. But Frehley also writes that Simmons twice saved him from drowning.
The Post asked Simmons about Ace’s comments, and he dodged the question by deflecting it back on his former guitarist’s issues rather than his own, saying: “Fact: Ace has been a drug addict and alcoholic for 35 years. Fact: We love Ace and wish him all the best.”
Ace has stated publicly that he’s been sober since 2006.
Simmons has repeatedly boasted about sleeping with thousands of women, as if there were some sort of a contest, including the admission of infidelities during his 28-year cohabitation with longtime partner, and now new wife, Shannon Tweed.