Ace Frehley hires Gene Simmons’ band after firing longtime backing group

Former Kiss rocker Ace Frehley has fired the members of his group and replaced them with former bandmate Gene Simmons’ backups.
The guitar great tells radio host Cassius Morris he performed with Gene’s touring line-up in Australia and Japan, and realised they were better than his longtime band Richie Scarlet, Chris Wyse, and Scot Coogan.
“I’m changing the line-up in my band,” Frehley said. “I’m actually gonna start working with the band that back up Gene. I worked with them in Australia, and they also did eight shows with me in Japan. And I realised that… I think they were better than my current line-up, so I’ve decided to make a change.”
His new group includes guitarists Philip Schouse, Ryan Cook, and Jeremy Asbrock.
“They’re younger and more hungry,” Ace adds.
Meanwhile, Frehley isn’t ruling out a KISS reunion on the band’s upcoming farewell tour.
“From what I read on the Internet, I think the fans really want me back in the band,” he said. “I’m doing fine without Kiss, but if it was offered to me in the right way, I’d seriously consider returning for the last tour. But I haven’t been asked yet, so it’s kind of up in the air.”