During a recent appearance on the Juliet: Unexpected podcast, classic KISS guitarist Ace Frehley talked about politics, saying (via Blabbermouth):
“I hate politics. I don’t like talking politics, and I don’t think politics and music mix.
I really frown on musicians who get up on a platform and start talking about the president or complain about…
“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…
“Let me say this about Trump. Whether you love him or hate him, if you’re an American and you’re a patriot, you should get behind your president.
“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…
“Being American, we have the right to free speech, and I’m all for everybody putting their two cents in on everything. But when musicians or actors get really verbal and jump on a bandwagon against our government, I don’t agree with that.”
Asked on what it would take for him to agree to participate in KISS’ farewell tour, Ace replied:
“The only way I would consider coming back is if I took over Tommy’s [Thayer] place. He took over my place – a character that I invented. He’s pretty much going through the motions, but the only way I would consider going back is to replace Tommy and regain my throne.
“Number two, I’d like a big paycheck because I think I deserve it… I don’t think Paul and Gene are going to make me an equal partner. I quit a long time ago and I was an equal partner at that juncture.
“Since then, those guys have been running the show, and they’re control freaks, so they’re always going to run the show from now until the end of time. On the last reunion tour, I was a paid musician – a hired gun in a sense – even though on stage, we all looked like it was one for all and all for one.”