Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that while he has not been approached to be a part of KISS's recently announced "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", he's "hoping" he'll be involved in some capacity.
"I haven't been asked," he said during a "live conversation" at Hollywood's Musicians Institute on September 25. "I had a meeting with those guys several months ago, and they talked about retiring to me, and that didn't seem right either. Who knows what's going to happen? I read comments on the Internet, and I fall off my bed laughing. There's all these people that have all these different ideas of a configuration of what the next KISS tour should be, and it's crazy — but overwhelmingly, they want me back in the band, I think. That's what I'm reading on the Internet.
"I'm doing fine on my own," Frehley continued. "My career is on an upswing; I'm having a ton of fun; I like producing my own records. I don't like anybody standing over my shoulder telling me what to do. I've had a lot of freedom, and working with Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] again, it would be different. But then again, I'd probably make $5 or $10 million, so I might consider that...
"Hopefully next year, what all the KISS fans really want to happen will happen. I'm hoping. I want to be involved, especially for the fans. It's not like my dream job, because I've done it a couple of times and quit, but I really want to do it for the fans if it's going to happen."
Stanley recently told the "Rolling Stone Music Now" podcast that while he doesn't rule out the possibility of guest appearances by former members during the "End Of The Road" tour, he doesn't promise anything either. "I really can't say," Stanley said. "This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn't rule anything out, but it's not the crux of what we're doing… and I'm not being coy either. I don't want to mislead anybody. That's not something that's been given a lot of thought at this point. The majority of our time has gone into what is the stage going to be, what is the show going to be, and we're actually in the midst of toying with setlists now."
Frehley — whose new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released via eOne on October 19 — first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour."