Ace Frehley isn’t part of KISS anymore, but it seems like health issues are creeping up on the current and past members of the iconic hard rock band. Just one night after Paul Stanley bowed out of a benefit show due to a torn bicep, the former Kiss guitarist has canceled his show in Poughkeepsie, New York, due to exhaustion and dehydration, according to a statement posted on Frehley’s official website.
According to the press release, Ace Frehley was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following his Friday night show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The rock legend underwent extensive testing before it was determined that his symptoms were due to exhaustion and dehydration. After consulting with his doctors, Ace decided to cancel his New York show.
“Once released from the hospital, Ace will be heading home to Southern California to recuperate,” the statement said.
The news of Ace Frehley’s canceled show comes less than 24 hours after a rare KISS concert that had the legendary band playing as a trio without Paul Stanley for only the second time in the band’s 40-year career.
On Friday, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley had to sit out the Race to Erase MS benefit in Los Angeles after tearing a bicep tendon. Stanley posted a message to fans on social media, then later added an update that said due to his great surgeon, he will be back to playing in no time.
Remaining band mates Gene Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer played the band’s four-song set without Stanley. The show marked the second time in the band’s history that they played as a trio due to an issue with Stanley. Paul previously missed a 2007 KISS concert in San Jacinto, California, due to a health scare with his heart, according to Rolling Stone.
Incidentally, the only other time KISS played as a trio was because of Ace Frehley. In 1982, Frehley reportedly refused to lip-sync “I” from Music From the Elder at Studio 54 for a show that was being beamed via satellite to the San Remo Music Festival in Italy. Simmons, Stanley, and Eric Carr appeared as a trio for the satellite transmission, and Frehley quit the band shortly after.
While Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley split up as band mates, the duo recently teamed up to record together for the first time in 18 years. Ace Frehley’s new cover album, Origins Vol. 1, features a cover of the Free song “Fire and Water” with Stanley.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ace said there was never any bad blood between him and his former KISS bandmate, despite what has been reported in the press.
“We’ve always been friends,” Frehley said. “The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.”
Still, the ex-bandmates have definitely had differences of opinion, especially leading up to their long-awaited Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inauguration. Ace also recently slammed Paul’s comment that the band could go on after all four of the original members are retired. (Frehley and Peter Kriss aren’t part of the current lineup of KISS, and Stanley and Simmons are the only originals). In an interview with Boston radio station WZLX 100.7 FM, Frehley said the idea of KISS without any original members is ridiculous.
“That’s the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard them make,” Ace said. “I think the only reason they make those statements at this juncture is to try to validate the fact that they have two other guys in the band that aren’t the original members.”
While diehard fans would probably love to see the day where Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley are back together in KISS, it’s lucky they aren’t currently touring together or their ailments would have taken out half the band!
Take a look at the video below to see KISS performing without Ace Frehley or Paul Stanley at the recent benefit show.
[Photo by George De Sota/Liaison]