Photo Courtesy of Rolling Stone
Welcome all to October and to my favorite holiday of the year, HALLOWEEN!! This month, the focus is on all things spooky and scary. Trick or treat!!
Today we’re going back to Halloween night 1979, to a show called Tomorrow hosted by TV personality, Tom Snyder with special guests KISS. The interview begins with guitarist Ace Frehley, who is visibly very drunk in the interview, teasing Synder about his mispronunciation of bass when describing Gene Simmons role in the band by saying that Gene is the “trout player” of KISS, before correcting him, much to the dismay of Paul and Gene.
As the interview continues, Paul and Gene try to have a serious interview but Ace steals the show with his laugh and jokes about everything from his “Space Ace” costume to his wild behavior while on tour. At one point when Snyder asks if Frehley is kind of like a space man, Ace responds without skipping a beat saying, “No, actually I’m a plumber.” The look of anger on Gene’s face is clear and Paul is desperately trying to hide his disdain with Ace’s behavior.
Soon after this interview, drummer Peter Criss left the band and Ace was gone soon after. While the band did reunite for a full-scale reunion tour in 1996, many of the old scars still remained and Peter and Ace were once again out of the band a few years later. When the band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, the original four members showed up, but did not play due to differences as to who should play at the ceremony. Paul and Gene felt that the induction should be inclusive of all the members of KISS past and present but both Ace and Peter expressed their desire to play if they had the chance in various interviews after the ceremony.
KISS recently announced they are planning their final farewell tour with current members, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer called “One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour.”
Check out the interview below from Tomorrow with Tom Snyder and Ace’s wild behavior!