Just days after Kiss’ Paul Stanley and the band’s former member Ace Frehley released their first collaboration in 18 years, both guitarists coincidentally had to skip concerts due to unforeseen medical issues: On Friday, Kiss performed as a trio for only the second time after Stanley tore his bicep tendon, and now Frehley’s show Saturday in Poughkeepsie. New York was postponed after the guitarist was hospitalized with exhaustion and dehydration.
“Ace Frehley was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following his show last night at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA,” Frehley’s Facebook page alerted fans Saturday. “After extensive testing, it was determined that Ace’s symptoms were due to exhaustion and dehydration. In consultation with his doctors, Ace, who aside from the exhaustion and dehydration has been given a clean bill of health, has reluctantly agreed to cancel tonight’s sold out show at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY.”
Frehley’s April 9th concert in New Hope, Pennsylvania was also cancelled as a member of his band dealt with flu-like symptoms. Unlike the New Hope show, the Poughkeepsie venue is working to reschedule Frehley’s concert for September.
“Once released from the hospital, Ace will be heading home to Southern California to recuperate. We wish him a speedy recovery,” Frehley’s Facebook post added. There are presently no other dates on the guitarist’s touring itinerary.
Frehley released his new album Origins: Vol. 1 on Friday. The covers album finds Frehley and Stanley tackling Free’s “Fire and Water,” the former bandmates’ first song together since Kiss’ 1998 one-off reunion album Psycho Circus. “We are linked together forever,” Stanley told Rolling Stone of the collaboration. “We created something that will live far past our lifetimes. And I would love to see him succeed.”
Stanley added, “I have no anger [toward Frehley]. I’m sitting in an amazingly beautiful house with an incredible family, an amazing wife, an amazing life, and it’s all built on Kiss. And the foundation of Kiss is something Ace is a part of. We couldn’t have built this without him. He’s part of it.”