Erstwhile Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has vented his spleen by calling out his fellow Americans who don’t support US president Donald Trump. According to the plankspanker, they should either get behind Trump or ship out.
Speaking to the Juliet: Unexpected podcast, Frehley said: “Whether you love him or hate him, if you’re an American and you’re a patriot, you should get behind your president.”
Holding a slender grasp on how democracy actually works and what it’s all about, he continued: “He was elected. We live under the Constitution of the United States, and you’re supposed to support your president. Love him or hate him, you’re supposed to support him, or go move to another country.”
He also turned his fire on fellow musicians writing political songs.
“I really frown on musicians who get up on a platform and start talking about the president or complain about him,” he said. “I just don’t think it belongs. I’m an entertainer. There’s no reason to bring up politics. Let me play my guitar and write songs and entertain people. That’s my job.”
All of this comes as no surprise to anyone who’s followed Kiss’ career. Formed in 1973 in New York by singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, singer-bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, schlock-rockers Kiss have always been better known for their face paint, stage outfits, outlandish live shows which include fire breathing, special effects and pyrotechnics, and their love of merchandise than they are for their music.
Indeed, the band’s stage personas of The Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss) are arguably more famous than any of their songs. Frehley and Criss left the band in 1982, citing creative differences. Their places are currently occupied by guitarist Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Kiss recently announced their One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World farewell tour for 2019. Scheduled to kick off in Vancouver, Canada on 31 January, their last hurrah will take place in Auckland, New Zealand on December. In between, Kiss will play five dates in the UK.
09 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
11 – London, The O2 Arena
12 – Manchester, Manchester Arena
14 – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
16 – Glasgow, SEE Hydro