ACE FREHLEY DISCUSSES SHARING THE STAGE WITH FORMER KISS GUITARISTS VINNIE VINCENT AND BRUCE KULICK
Greg Prato for Ultimate-Guitar.com spoke with guitarist Ace Frehley, excerpts from the interview appear below.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Last year, you got to play with Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick at Creatures Fest 2022. Was that your first time ever meeting Vinnie, and what was that like?
Ace Frehley: It was real interesting. Very few people believe that all these years, I had never met Vinnie Vincent. And it wasn’t because I was trying to avoid him or vice versa. It’s just somehow, somehow, our paths never crossed. But we got along famously. I didn’t realize he was a lot shorter than me. But other than that, he got there and played some nice guitar licks. We jammed together, and it was a fun night. I was there with Vinnie… and I think Peter Criss was there, and Bruce Kulick – I’m really good friends with Bruce.
It’s really funny – I’m friends with all the guys in KISS. Even Eric Singer is a dear friend of mine. And now I’m friends with Vinnie. I never had a problem with any of these people. But for some reason, [singer] Paul [Stanley] had a problem with a lot of them. And [bassist/vocalist] Gene [Simmons]. But I’d rather not even talk about those guys since they’re retired and their career is winding down while mine is taking off. So, that’s kind of nice.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Would you ever consider doing a full tour with Vinnie and/or Bruce – as three former KISS guitarists?
Ace Frehley: I don’t particularly see that happening in the future. I kind of like to run my own show and have my own band. Because think about it – how many solo albums do I have out?…So, it would be really tough to work with other guitar players who also have songs that they’ve written. There wouldn’t be enough time – it would be a three-hour show. And at age 72, I don’t feel like doing a three-hour show. I’m much happier being my own boss…There’s no alcohol allowed backstage, and I surround myself with positive people. Any type of negativity… goodbye…
Ultimate-Guitar.com: What did you think of Vinnie‘s playing? Because he played on two KISS albums, Creatures of the Night and Lick It Up.
Ace Frehley: He’s a good guitar player. Even Paul has said in interviews that Vinnie is a really good songwriter. I never dissected any of his songwriting, but from what I understand, he was a really good songwriter. I think he’s a good guitar player…But Bruce is an excellent musician – he’s actually technically a better guitar player than me. I’d be the first to say that. But I have a certain style that I’ve developed over the years, that even if it’s a little sloppy, people always can recognize Ace Frehley solos. At least that’s what I’m reading when I read comments on YouTube.
I get it, because I’m a blues-based rock guitarist, and a lot of times, my solos – rather than playing fast like Yngwie, for example – I would rather play a slower, melodic solo that people can hum. Because if you’re playing like 50 notes in a measure, it’s pretty hard to hum. [Laughs]…
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Frehley’s forthcoming album 10,000 Volts is due out February 23rd, to hear the title track, please click here.