The British invasion, including The Beatles first appearance on Ed Sullivan here in the US, influenced more kids to pick up instruments than ever before. Since that time, I believe former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley can be considered a close second. When talking to any guitarist since KISS made their mark in the mid 1970s, most will say that the original Spaceman was a major influence when it came to taking up the six string.
Ace has come a long way in the last handful of years. He is now celebrating over six years of sobriety. Ace is enjoying life at his own pace and not the rigorous touring schedule that other bands, including his former band, continue to enjoy.
While playing in Erie, Pennsylvania, last month, we had the rare opportunity for a one-on-one interview with Ace, right before he took the stage that night. We set up our equipment in his makeshift dressing room behind the stage as he finished the first part of his meet and greets. The second part of these meet and greets were delayed until after his show, so BackstageAxxess could have a few minutes with the living legend himself. The crowd was heavily chanting “Ace!” “Ace!” “Ace!” throughout the interview. In fact, we were so tight on time, I started the interview without a formal introduction from myself (Ace’s manager told him right before we sat down who I was, but Ace forgot and ended up asking me again at the start of the interview). Ace was in great spirits and took the time to answer some questions about the possibility of a new CD and new book. We also talked about his relationship with the current KISS members.
We had an interview scheduled with Ace when his book came out last year, but due to his flight being delayed the day of the interview, we were not able to do it. It is with our pleasure to finally bring you our interview with the one and only Ace Frehley…
We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU you to John Ostrosky for setting up the interview with Ace. For more information on Ace, please go to: Ace Frehley.