Ace Frehley, guitarist for KISS -- the rock band that made every day Halloween with their over-the-top costumes and live shows -- labels his ex-bandmate Gene Simmons a “sex addict” who had no luck with women before becoming a rock star, in a tell-all book.
Frehley describes Simmons -- who now stars on A&E’s “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and just wed long-suffering fiancée Shannon Tweed after nearly three decades together -- as an “epic slob,” who was ”infested” with a constant case of the cooties thanks to an open-door policy for bedding women.
“I believe Gene is a sex addict, in much the same way I am an alcoholic,” the Bronx-bred Frehley writes in “No Regrets,” out tomorrow from Gallery/VH1 Classic. “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.
“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.”Frehley, aka “Spaceman,” also asserts that Simmons was a “fastidious” businessman, but an “utter mess in his personal life.”
“[Gene] would [bleep] 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 [not of the scalp, ahem].
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 raked in $100 million per year from merchandise. But Frehley also writes that Simmons twice saved him from drowning.
We asked Simmons about Ace’s comments, and he didn’t seem to mind. He responded: “Fact: Ace has been a drug addict and alcoholic for 35 years. Fact: We love Ace and wish him all the best.”
FACT: Simmons forgets to admit that Ace has been drug and alcohol free for over 5 years now.