Gene Simmons says Ace Frehley lacks “physical stamina” to play a full Kiss show on the End of the Road tour

Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley
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Kiss bassist and frontman Gene Simmons has left an open invitation to Ace Frehley to play the encores during the band’s epic End of the Road world tour, but argues that Frehley lacks the “physical stamina” to play a full show.

The God of Thunder claims Frehley stipulated that he would only return on the condition he'd replace Tommy Thayer as full-time guitarist, resuming his Spaceman persona and, presumably, rigging his electric guitar with a range of wild pyrotechnics.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.