Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was recently interviewed on “Elliot In The Morning”, the morning radio talk show hosted by DJ Elliot Segal. You can listen to the chat below.
Speaking about the planned sequel to his autobiography “No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir”, which came out in 2011, Frehley said: “Well, I’ve got a couple of chapters written and I have several notes for other chapters that are gonna be included, so I’m thinking hopefully getting it finished by the end of this year and out next year.”
Frehley also acknowledged the fact that he has had to piece a lot of the material together from third-party anecdotes owing to his active addictions around the time that the events took place.
“Everybody does have an Ace story, in most cases, and it’s actually good for me, because my memory isn’t what it used to be,” he said. “So [how it comes together is by] sitting down with old friends and employees and family members, and saying, ‘What do you remember? Jog my memory.’ And nine times out of ten, it comes back to me once they kick off the story.”
Frehley said a couple of years ago that his next book will “be along the same lines as the first one.” He continued: “I don’t believe in bashing people. I don’t believe in a lot of negativity, so most of the stories in the book are going to be about me: funny stories and funny situations on the road, all stories about me in the Bronx growing up, and so on and so forth.
“There wasn’t much in the first book about the FREHLEY’S COMET years, and there’s plenty of stories along those lines, there’s still plenty of KISS stories, and plenty of stories of me growing up. I probably have enough stories for five books.”
“No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir” landed at position No. 10 on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best sellers list. The book, which was described as a look back at Ace‘s “life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll,” arrived on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
“No Regrets” was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also authored “The Last Great Fight” about what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James “Buster” Douglas‘ tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.
Frehley performed with KISS from its inception in 1973 until his first departure in 1982 before rejoining KISS in 1996 for a very successful reunion tour. Frehley‘s second stint lasted until 2002.
“Origins Vol. 1”, a collection of twelve newly recorded classics from Ace‘s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, will be released on April 15. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on FREE‘s hit “Fire And Water”. This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS‘s 1998 reunion album “Psycho Circus”. Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on THIN LIZZY‘s classic “Emerald”, Lita Ford singing and playing lead on THE TROGGS staple “Wild Thing”, ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition “Parasite” for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix‘s “Spanish Castle Magic”, and PEARL JAM‘s Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay “Cold Gin”.