While there has not been any official word from the band on how ticket sales have been faring for KISS’s farewell “End of the Road” tour, according to their former member /guitarist Ace Frehley, things haven’t been going as expected, and he has the solution to get things back on track.
With a bit of self-promoting, Frehley has been quite open with his opinions about the band hitting the road. He now says lower-than-expected ticket sales would get a boost with his return to the group.
Speaking with radio station KATT Rock 100.5, he said, “I think it’s a sad commentary that Kiss performed in New York and didn’t sell out Madison Square Garden. When I was in the band, we used to do three nights. I’ve offered my services, and they just haven’t made the decision to bring me back. Frehley added, “I’m having a lot of fun as a solo artist. But also am concerned about the fans as well. I wanna give the fans the biggest bang for their buck, and they’re not getting it at this juncture.”
Frehley previously stated he was ready to take part in a reunion, however, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have both said the current lineup would remain intact, though guest appearances were a possibility. So far there have been no guest appearances.
According to Billboard, KISS’s show at MSG in March sold 13,359 tickets. The venue’s capacity for concerts is 20,000. MSG was the biggest venue during the first part of the tour, which included 43 concerts. The tour has already grossed $59 million and sold 518,000 tickets.
In his interview, Frehley hinted that sales would have been better if the band made a few changes: “They’ve had this lineup with Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer] for 15 years, and they announced that this tour was gonna be bigger and better than what they’ve ever done in the past,” he said. “They gave the fans the impression that maybe me and Peter [Criss] might be involved. Then they just come out and pretty much do the same set they’ve been doing for years.”
He added, “I do my thing, and Paul and Gene are doing theirs… Ticket sales weren’t where they wanted them to be on this last run, so who knows what’s gonna happen next time around?”
Unless Stanley and Simmons change their way of thinking, you can be sure that this won’t be the last we’ll hear from Frehley on this subject.