No Regrets

By Ace Frehley

A humorous, candid, New York Times bestselling memoir from the previous lead guitarist of the mythical rock band KISS, Ace Frehley.

The mythical guitar god who surpassed all limits and lived to inform takes lovers on a wild trip via KISStory.

He was once only a boy from the Bronx with stars in his eyes. but if he picked up his guitar and painted stars on his face, Ace Frehley remodeled into “The Spaceman”—and helped flip KISS into one of many top-selling bands of all time. Now, for the 1st time, the liked rock icon unearths his part of the tale with no-holds-barred honesty . . . and no regrets.

For KISS fanatics, Ace deals an extraordinary behind-the-makeup examine the band’s mythical origins, together with the lightning-bolt brand he designed and the clothes his mom sewed. He talks concerning the unstated department in the band—he and Peter Criss as opposed to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons—because the opposite didn’t “party each day.” Ace additionally finds the interior tale at the back of his turbulent break-up with KISS, their victorious reunion a decade later, and his damage solo profession. alongside the way in which, he stocks wild tales approximately dancing at Studio fifty four with “The Bionic Woman,” operating as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, and bar-flying all evening with John Belushi. in spite of everything, he involves phrases together with his hugely publicized descent into alcohol, medicines, and self-destruction—ultimately coping with to overcome his demons and are available out on top.

This is Ace Frehley. No make-up. No apologies. No regrets.

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The 3 folks, we’d take off our make-up within the dressing room, leap within the bathe room jointly, then dress in entrance of one another and return to the inn. It used to be like being on a baseball group or whatever, and this used to be our locker room. to not Gene, although. He’d burst off by way of himself, or wait until eventually we have been performed. possibly he by no means performed staff activities while he used to be more youthful? What am i able to inform you? Gene is eccentric. constantly has been. He had loads of idiosyncrasies. That’s ok. to every his personal. I simply notion it used to be a bit unusual. Our first journey started in Canada, within the useless of wintry weather, and the most factor I remember is being unbelievably chilly the total time. I didn’t brain, notwithstanding. right here i used to be, virtually twenty-three years previous, and I’d by no means even been on an plane prior to, so the entire event used to be new and interesting. Our first exhibit used to be in Edmonton, Alberta; there has been approximately ft of snow at the flooring, and but nonetheless humans got here out to work out us. I’m now not even convinced how that they had any proposal who we have been. might be they have been stressed. certain appeared that means occasionally. We’d hit the level at a hundred miles an hour, blowing the roof off where, and folks could simply stand there for the 1st twenty mins, their mouths placing open in surprised disbelief. I couldn’t even inform in the event that they loved the song or hated it, or if they’d come simply because they’d heard approximately this unusual new band that wore make-up and costumes, they usually simply desired to see what it used to be all approximately. The lighting tricks on these first few excursions have been obviously restricted by means of know-how and assets, yet we did the simplest shall we with what we had. On one among our first journeys via Canada i made a decision to head out and get a few smoke bombs and fireworks and check out to include them into the convey. The physics of a Les Paul (my Gibson guitar of selection on the time—and I’m nonetheless a Gibson man in any case those years) awarded a few hindrances to what i needed to complete. It had a again plate that was once almost hermetic, which means every little thing went to the channel the place the wires met the pickups. i needed smoke to return out of my guitar—real smoke, no longer dry-ice smoke—but i spotted that if I placed a smoke bomb in that again chamber and lit a fuse, the entire smoke must pop out of the pickups, simply because that was once the one canal by which it could possibly go back and forth. So in the course of a express, correct earlier than one in every of my solos, I picked up a cigarette lighter and lit the fuse. It appeared alright and the group looked as if it would get into it, yet i needed extra smoke. regrettably, I quickly came across that whereas the smoke didn’t unavoidably have an effect on my enjoying, it did have an effect on the apparatus, screwing up tone and quantity controls. in order that entire suggestion went out the window for some time, till i'll occasion with an engineer and are available up with a more effective layout. crucial factor used to be that we performed with conviction, whether we have been headlining or starting for one more act, and we stumbled on as being a significant band—a strong, interesting visible band. humans obtained stuck up in that. often by means of the top of the exhibit, or maybe midway via, because the lighting tricks (the flash pots, the fog and the fireplace, and the smoke bombs) kicked in, humans could get thoroughly wrapped up within the express and we’d win the viewers over.

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