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During a recent appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” episode, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley expressed doubt about the fact that his former bandmates are calling it quits after completing the “End Of The Road” farewell tour this weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Well, to be honest, I don’t really believe they’re ending their touring career,” Ace said. “How many times have they said they were gonna retire? How many times have half a dozen groups said they were gonna retire and still come back? Personally, I don’t know what their plans are.”

When asked if he has any feelings regarding the conclusion of KISS as a touring entity, Frehley responded by saying:  “Not at all. I’m so happy I’m not involved. Last night I watched Indianapolis show [from the current tour] from front to back on YouTube. They had 10 comments and maybe a couple of thousand views, but compared to what I’m doing right now, you can’t hold a candle to it.”

“It’s probably better they retire, and hopefully I won’t have to listen to them put me down anymore.”

Ace was further prompted to clarify that he would not be making any special guest appearances at the Madison Square Garden shows.

He said: “Look, if Gene [Simmons] calls me up and offers me a million dollars to come up and play a couple of songs, obviously I’ll show up. But I really doubt that’s gonna happen because pretty much Paul [Stanley] runs the band and he’s already made a statement that if me and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] got up on the stage, we would mar their performance — ironically.”

Ace also talked about his decision to watch a complete KISS performance online during the band’s ongoing tour. He explained: “I was on YouTube looking to say how well my new single was being received, and it’s going through the roof. And then I was just curious, so I clicked on KISS [playing in] Indianapolis. And I think they had 10 comments, 2,000 views or something like that. And it just made me realize how karma works, you know?”

KISS will conclude their remarkable career journey with a grand performance at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, where it all started more than 40 years ago. The city has always been an integral part of the band’s history, and it is fitting for them to end their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame-worthy career on such an iconic stage.