Wednesday, July 27, 2011

KISS: Ace Frehley autobiography due in November

Great news for KISS fans: Ace Frehley’s autobiography, “No Regrets,” is confirmed to be published on November 1.

Co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden, “No Regrets: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir” is being billed as “a funny, truthful, candid memoir about a hard-drinking, drug-addicted, music-loving guitar player who lived life as a rock star and survived to tell the tale.”

For Ace, it all started in January of 1973, when the self-taught musician and Bronx native spotted an advertisement in the Village Voice posted by Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Gene Simmons: “Guitarist wanted with flash and balls.” Frehley, figuring he had both, answered the ad, and the rest was history/KISStory.

Within a few years, KISS was playing spectacular live shows to sold-out stadiums all over the world, decked out in their iconic costumes and makeup. The band was raking in millions of dollars on tours, albums, and merchandise, and the rabid KISS Army numbered in the six figures. Frehley, known as “The Spaceman,” had transformed from a scrappy, music-obsessed kid to one of the most famous and revered guitarists of his era, hailed by critics and adored by fans.

“No Regrets” goes behind the make-up, the money, the women, and the partying. Frehley recounts his battles with drug addiction and his brushes with death, sets the record straight about his complicated relationships with Simmons and Stanley, and describes his evolution as a musician.

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 as Ace returned to his solo career.

According to publishers Simon & Schuster, Ace will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in New York City (555 5th Avenue at 46th Street) for a book signing on November 3 at noon.


KISS – New York Groove

Brooklyn Bride – New York, NY – September 4, 1996

See also:

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