Katey Sagal Says Gene Simmons Laughed at the Idea of Marrying Her

Though Katey Sagal is known for her roles in Married…With Children and Sons of Anarchy, she actually started her career as a singer-songwriter. During that time, Sagal recorded backing vocals for Gene Simmon’s debut solo album, in 1978.

In her newly released memoir, Grace Notes: My Recollections, she revealed that she had an on-and-off relationship with Kiss icon in the ‘70s, that ended when she discussed marriage and he laughed at her.

In the book, Sagal writes about meeting Simmons in a bar in Santa Monica, where she worked as a singing waitress. “At first, I thought Gene was really weird,” she said. “I took him home with me that night because he was quite persuasive, and I like men.”

The two’s affair continued through a number of years, coming to an end when Sagal gave Simmons an ultimatum. She told Simmons that she was going to marry Freddie Beckmeier of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band unless Simmons proposed.  Simmons, apparently, laughed at her suggestion, so she married Beckmeier. They divorced three years later.


This isn’t the first time Simmons has scoffed at the idea of marriage, mocking it publicly for years. He seemed to be so against it that in 2005, Paul Stanley refused to invite him to his wedding.

Simmons eventually tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed in 2011.

Sagal’s memoir is described by publisher Gallery Books as a journey “from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28 to getting her big break as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on Married … With Children.” It’s on sale now.


Paul Stanley Rules Out Ace Frehley KISS Return

Paul Stanley has ruled out an Ace Frehley return to KISS.

After Stanley appeared on Frehley’s latest solo album, rumors and speculation increased that Frehley was set to return to the band. Frehley added fuel to the fire in December when asked about a KISS Farewell Tour: “I haven’t heard anything from Paul and Gene – although I did get a text from Gene the other day, wanting to come see me perform this January. Maybe he’ll pop the big question. Who knows? Whatever happens, we’re all good. It’s all good.”

Stanley cleared this up in an interview with Billboard stating “No. And that’s not coming from any place of animosity. I sang on Ace’s most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we’ve done together is terrific.”

Stanley enjoys the current incarnation of KISS, which includes Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Frehley’s replacement as the Spaceman Tommy Thayer‘s.

“The band as it is – I’ve played with Eric Singer for I think 25 years and Tommy Thayer’s been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of re-visiting the past.With that said I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn’t include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from.”

When Frehley was aked if he thought he’d still be with KISS 43 years after they formed, he added: “No, because there was no precedent. I hoped for five years because that was the norm. Bands didn’t last decades.The era before us was an era, for the most part, of teen idols and they lasted until the audience got tired and then they were served a new teen idol.”



Ace Frehley Teases KISS Reunion

Original KISS member Ace Frehley has been asked throughout the years about a reunion with the band and the speculation has revved up through 2016 and on into 2017. The guitarist was quoted as saying “2017 seems like a ripe year. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Frehley has recently said he was open to reuniting with fellow original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for a potential farewell tour. “If it was handled correctly, it could be great,” he said.

In a new interview with Louder Noise, Space Ace offered a brief, positive and non-committal update. “I haven’t heard anything from Paul and Gene, but if it’s going to happen it should happen next year, I’d assume,” he said.

Frehley played his last show with KISS in April 2001. Stanley said last June that he was delighted with the “joy and satisfaction in reconnecting” with his former colleague, Paul Stanley,  on Frehley’s album Origins, but when asked about a reunion he said, “I don’t see it.”

Simmons has added more fuel to the fire, posting a picture on Instagram showing the band’s original lineup.

Paul Stanley Pays Tribute To Carrie Fisher

Paul Stanley, lead vocalists for KISS, paid tribute to late Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher on Twitter. The actress passed away last week due to complications of heart failure.

Stanley tweeted out “Carrie Fisher RIP Her play, books & films brought joy to millions. She once told me something I never forgot. Thanks.” Stanley shared after news of her passing broke.



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