With KISS well into their End Of The Road Tour...and with the rant Ace threw on Facebook a few days ago...I think any hopes of seeing Ace on stage with his old band are extremely slim. I'm torn because I have been a fan of all members past and present since 1976. Removing the blinders and being gut honest...Tommy Thayer reproduces Ace's guitar licks live better than Ace can...or ever could. When the KISS Kamp said that former members will be welcome to participate in this "Final" farewell tour...Ace slimmed up...had mended fences with Paul and Gene. Paul appeared on Ace's album and in a video with Ace. Gene co-wrote a couple songs and played bass on Ace's latest album. Ace made several appearances with Gene during his Vault Tour.....which didn't hurt Gene's sales of the $50,000 to $2,000 Box Set Experience. I think that Ace honestly thought that Tommy would be out....and Ace would be in. When reality sunk in that..."It ain't gonna happen"...he and his life partner attacked Gene publicly on his Facebook page...details I will not repeat. You can read them. Nothing has been issued by Gene or the band to counter Ace's attacks. I find it sad on so many levels that it has evolved into something so ugly. Truth: These guys are in their late 60's/early 70's. Great shape for their age but...it is what it is. Vocals are not what they were when they were in their 20's. Backing tracks are being used this tour to "supplement" vocals. Wigs are obviously being worn to replicate the look from the 70's. Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are superior musicians to the members they are replacing but...it just ain't the same without Peter Criss and Ace Frehley up on stage in full makeup with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. That ship has sailed.
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