In a brand new interview with The Oakland Press, original KISS guitarist revealed that he prefers recording and touring as a solo artist over being in the band.
“I like running my own life now,” Frehley said. “One of the things that made me crazy when I was in KISS was being at the mercy of Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons], who were like workaholic. They wanted to tour constantly and record constantly, over-merchandise the brand, and that made me crazy.”
He added, “I’m not a kid any more. Touring constantly can be very exhausting. I don’t want to put myself in that position, so I’m happier with what I’m doing now.”
Frehley is working on several new projects, including a new solo album, a possible acoustic CD, the score to a science fiction movie and a sequel to his 2011 autobiography, “No Regrets”. The guitarist said that he might also celebrate the 35th anniversary of his self-titled first solo album, which went platinum, by performing the album in its entirety next year.
“Writing [‘No Regrets’] opened the floodgates and put me in contact with a lot of people I haven’t spoken to in a while,” Frehley said. “A lot of stories came up I had forgotten about, and there were a lot of stories I came across too late. I’ve spoken with a couple of my old bodyguards, roadies and stuff; they helped me with the first book and they’re helping with stories for the second book, too.
“I’m having more fun now than I was way back then because now, in a sober state, I remember what I do. That’s a nice feeling, to wake up the following day and remember what you did the day before. It wasn’t like that for a long time.”
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Fan-filmed video footage of Ace Frehley‘s July 13 concert at at Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, Michigan can be seen below.