ACE FREHLEY On His Upcoming Second Book: 'I've Probably Written About A Third Of It'
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to Guitar World about the planned sequel to his autobiography ”No Regrets: A Rock ’N’ Roll Memoir”, which came out in 2011. He said: ”I’ve probably written about a third of it. But it’s all on little pieces of paper and stuff. I’ll remember a story when I’m in a restaurant or something, and just write it down on a napkin, you know? It’s kinda like that.”
He continued: ”It’s funny — I just did a show north of San Francisco, in Petaluma, and I realized my old publicity agent from the Casablanca [Records] days lives there. And so we met up and reminisced for about an hour and a half. I went, ’This is some good stuff! You’ve gotta write it down and e-mail it to me so I can put it in my second book!’ Because he was telling me a lot of stuff I completely forgot about. And you know, most of the stories are from the days when I used to get loaded. But now I’m in one of the best places I’ve ever been in.”
Back in 2016, Frehley 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 few years ago that his next book would ”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’s 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 latest stint lasted until 2002.