Although his bandmates say nay, Ace Frehley holds out hope that he'll be part of KISS again in the future.
The guitarist tells a Brazilian interviewer that "I haven't heard anything" about a potential reunion, "but if I were a betting man, I'd say maybe 50-50. That's good odds...I just saw Gene about a month ago. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. We hung out all night -- very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody."
KISS frontman Paul Stanley guests on Frehley's version of Free's "Fire And Water" from his Origins Vol. 1 album as well, but Stanley tells us that rekindled friendships will not necessarily lead to Frehley's return to the band:
"I would say no, and it doesn't negate my appreciation of Ace. He's in a much better place than he ever was. He's clean and sober an clearheaded, which is terrific. He's an oddball, which is part of what makes him who he is, but he's focused and clearheaded and fun to be around. But that doesn't mean taking it any further but appreciating it for what it is. I love the band as it is."
KISS has a pair of shows in Nevada during April and then begins a European tour on May 1 in Moscow. Stanley and his R&B band Soul Station, meanwhile, will be playing on Saturday, March 11, in Los Angeles. Frehley plays shows this weekend in Mexico.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.