Guitar World magazine (web site) recently conducted a short interview with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Guitar World: What inspired you to play guitar:
Ace Frehley: "I was raised in a musical household, so I was surrounded by music all day long. My parents played piano, and my brother and sister played piano and folk guitar. My brother showed me a few chords on his acoustic guitar. The one day I visited a friend who had an electric guitar and a small amp, and it changed my life. I held the guitar in my hands, turned the volume to 10 and hit the low E string, and the sound just droned. I was hooked! It was like a heroin addict's first shot of dope."
Guitar World: What was the first song that you learned how to play?
Ace Frehley: "'(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' by THE ROLLING STONES. Shortly thereafter, I learned how to play another ROLLING STONES song, 'The Last Time', and it made me feel so good about myself. Not only did I figure out how to play itbut I got the exact sound from an Ampeg Reverberocket amp my dad had bought me. I had the riff and the reverb!"
Guitar World: What was your mosr embarrassing moment onstage?
Ace Frehley: "Getting electrocuted in Lakeland, Florida during the 'Destroyer' tour. It was right before KISS got wireless guitars. I was walking down these steps onstage with those very-high-heeled boots. I grabbed the railing because I was losing my balance. The railing wasn't grounded properly and I got zapped with 240 volts. I saw sparks and don't remember much else. I was told the roadies carried me offstage. I had burns on my hand and the band had to stop the show. When I finally regained consciousness, I couldn't feel my right hand. It was scary."
Guitar World: What have you been doing lately?
Ace Frehley: "I've been working on a solo album and a few film projects. I'd love to do an instructional video, but I want it to be comedic. [Laughs] I don't want it to be just another boring how-to-play video. I may not be the world's greatest guitarist, but at least I'm never boring."