Ace Frehley + Peter Criss Respond to Accusations of Anti-Semitism by Paul Stanley
KISS‘ Paul Stanley has stirred up a hornets nest with his upcoming memoir, ‘Face the Music: A Life Exposed.’ One of the passages that has made headlines recently is where he makes accusations of anti-Semitic behavior by the band’s former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Stanley and fellow Kiss member Gene Simmons are Jewish.
Frehley initially responded to the accusations, stating, “We say good things about each other and we say bad things about each other [in our memoirs], but it is what it is. It’s rock and roll. I mean, if all we did was pat each other on the back for every book, people would say, ‘That’s a boring book.’ They want to hear the dirt. I’ve got plenty of dirt.”
Criss, meanwhile, told TMZ that Stanley’s claims were bogus. He also denied being a racist, expressed his support for all religions and stated that his favorite aunt was Jewish. The drummer also revealed that while he has spoken to a lawyer, he has no plans to pursue legal action against Stanley.
Frehley then expanded on his response in an additional interview. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Frehley went on the defense during a recently appearance on Eddie Trunk’s ‘Trunk Nation’ show. The guitarist stated, “My fiancée is Jewish. How can I be anti-Semitic? Is he out of his mind? Forty years in the music business — I’ve worked alongside Jewish people my whole life. And I’m anti-Semitic? It’s ridiculous. I think he’s trying to sell his book and it’s a pretty sad commentary if he has to resort to verbal slurs and innuendo.”
Regardless of the he-said, he-said public bickering, Frehley told Trunk he expects it to be a peaceful evening at the Rock Hall induction, adding, “I’m not gonna get into it, because I believe in taking the high road and I believe in just accepting my award and enjoying the evening. I’m not gonna stoop to their level of ridiculousness. I think everybody’s just gonna rise to the occasion and try to get along.”