Gene Simmons Reveals KISS’ ‘Mistake’ About Ace Frehley
Although KISS’ ‘Creatures of the Night’ was the last album Ace Frehley had been credited as an official member, the guitarist’s final contribution to the band was the previous record ‘Music from the ‘Elder.’’ While reflecting on these albums during a recent conversation with Guitar World, KISS bassist Gene Simmons also shared where they made a mistake about Frehley.
“By the time ‘Creatures’ happened, Ace was already gone,” Simmons recalled. “Ace doesn’t appear on a single song on ‘Creatures of the Night.’ His only appearance was in the promotional shots, and he did us a favor by appearing in the ‘I Love it Loud’ music video.”
Then, the bassist shared KISS’ mistake about including Ace Frehley in the official music video of that track. Gene noted, “But even that was a mistake because he clearly didn’t know the song and had to fake his way through the entire thing. So, not only were we feeling very unsure of what we were doing, we didn’t even have a lead guitarist.”
Even before ‘Creatures of the Night,’ there was a disagreement between Ace Frehley and the remaining KISS members about the direction of the band’s sound. Frehley wanted the previous record ‘Music from the ‘Elder’’ to be a straightforward rock album, while the band decided to release it as a concept album.
After this point, the bond between Ace Frehley and the band began to break, leading to the guitarist’s departure soon after. So, the musician made no musical contributions to KISS’ follow-up record ‘Creatures of the Night.’ According to Simmons, the appearance of Frehley, even in the ‘I Love it Loud’ music video, was a mistake because he didn’t know the song.