Ace Frehley on Why He Can’t Tour Europe: “I Owe the IRS a Couple of Hundred Grand”

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Ace Frehley would love to tour Europe in support of his upcoming album, 10,000 Volts, but he has one big hurdle to get past. The founding KISS guitarist is currently unable to renew his passport due to a huge tax debt.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was asked by Finnish music site Chaos Zine about what’s preventing him from touring in Europe (and presumably other overseas locations), and he gave a very honest answer.

“Well, there’s a good chance I can make it to Europe in late summer if I get my passport renewed,” responded Frehley. “I’ve been having issues with renewing my passport because I have some problems with the IRS [Internal Revenue Service], and it’s not really the passport bureau but the IRS. Since I owe the IRS a couple of hundred grand, and they just instituted a new law that if you owe more than $50,000, they won’t renew your passport.”

He continued, “Luckily, I have some really smart attorneys working on it, and there are ways around it, so hopefully, I might be able to get my passport within two or three weeks. If that happens, I will be in Europe this summer. If it doesn’t happen, I will be in Europe next summer. But I’d love it to be this summer because it’s been too long since I did all the festivals there.”

Frehley’s tax troubles aren’t preventing him from touring in the United States. The rock legend has booked a string of 2024 shows that start with a January 25th gig in Frankfort, Kentucky. Tickets to those shows are available here.

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Elsewhere in the interview with Chaos Zine, Frehley continued to take digs at KISS, who recently played their final show ever. “I can play rings around Paul Stanley on guitar,” said Frehley. “I can even sing better than him and don’t have to use backing tracks.”

Ace Frehley’s 10,000 Volts arrives on February 23rd, and recently was included on Heavy Consequence‘s list of the 30 Most Anticipated Metal & Hard Rock Albums of 2024.

Ace Frehley on Why He Can’t Tour Europe: “I Owe the IRS a Couple of Hundred Grand”
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