Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe recently conducted an interview with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
The Boston Globe: Whose idea was it to write “No Regrets”?
Ace: People have been after me for years to write a book. Everybody kept saying [KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons has] put out book after book, and we’re only hearing one side of the story. Once I got sober and my memory started clearing up, I figured it was about time I let everybody hear the other side of the story.
The Boston Globe: You actually say in the book that memory is a funny thing. There are certain times you remember very clearly and others where you felt you had to confer with other people. Were you surprised at how much you remembered?
Ace: I’m surprised every day. Almost every day I wake up and during the course of that day a memory crosses my mind that I haven’t thought of in 20 or 30 years. It’s a great feeling because my brain is healing from all the years of abuse.
The Boston Globe: Looking back now in sobriety, are you amazed that you never seriously injured yourself or someone else?
Ace: It’s really a miracle, and I thank God every day. I don’t know that I’d be able to live with that. I injured a lot of egos over the years, but no physical damage.
The Boston Globe: You admit in the book that producer Bob Ezrin wrote the solo on “Detroit Rock City” and that you weren’t totally sold on “New York Groove” but took the advice of those around you to record it, and then it ended up being your biggest solo hit.
Ace: You know, the biggest fault a celebrity can make is to try to take credit where credit isn’t due. It was [producer] Eddie Kramer‘s assistant who came up with the idea to do “New York Groove”. A lot of people think I wrote that song, but it was written by Russ Ballard from ARGENT. But it put me on the map as far as a hit single; it was a great song.
Read the entire interview from The Boston Globe.