Long-time Kiss fans know that Tommy Thayer not only takes the stage in ex-member Ace Frehley’s iconic makeup, he also shoots rockets out of his guitar — one of Ace’s signature moves. But Thayer says those things are part of the band’s legacy, and don’t belong to any one member.
Kiss is touring now in advance of their new album Monster, which will be issued on October 15, 2012. Complete remaining dates and venues are below.
Frehley, of course, was an original member of Kiss, appearing on stage and in the studio from the group’s inception in 1973 through 1982, and then returning for a hugely profitable reunion that began in 1996. In between, Frehley had issued a series of solo recordings in the late 1980s, beginning with Frehley’s Comet in 1987.
Frehley’s final appearance as a member of Kiss came in 2002. Thayer, who had already appeared on the band’s 1998 reunion project Psycho Circus, was tabbed to take over. Later that same year, Kiss — led as always be co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley — began wearing their original 1970s-era makeup with Thayer appearing as Spaceman and new drummer Eric Singer as Peter Criss’s Catman.
In-concert effects like Frehley’s familiar firework-blasting guitar solos soon followed — as did some controversy.
“People say, ‘That’s such an Ace thing, why do you guys do that?,’” Thayer says, in the current issue of Guitarist magazine. “But we don’t look at it that way: it’s a Kiss thing. It’s part of a Kiss show. End of story.”