Paul Stanley Once Interviewed Slash To Replace Ace Frehley, According To Guns N’ Roses Historian

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Guns N’ Roses historian Marc Canter recently spoke to Andrew DiCecco in an interview and revealed that Paul Stanley once called Slash to join KISS and replace Ace Frehley, but they didn’t move on to the next stage.

KISS’ original lead guitarist Ace Frehley, who performed as the persona of The Spaceman during his tenure in the band, is known for his original guitar playing technique rooted in blues. The guitarist became one of the most famous guitarists in the 1970s when KISS rose to prominence. After playing in the first nine albums, Frehley left KISS in 1982 due to personal and creative disagreements within the band.

Following his departure, the guitarist pursued a solo career until rejoining KISS in 1996 for a highly successful reunion tour. When he departed in 1982, KISS was in search of a new lead guitarist who would be able to handle such a huge responsibility since the band was at the height of its fame. According to Guns N’ Roses historian Marc Canter, Slash was one of the names that came into their minds to replace Ace Frehley.

In a recent interview, Canter recalled his conversation with Slash a short time ago, in which the guitarist talked about Paul Stanley’s interview with him. The KISS icon got his number from the owner of the music store where Slash was working. He had recommended Slash to the Stanley since he had seen him playing guitar in the store and realized he had considerable potential.

So, Paul Stanley interviewed Slash at the time when he was only seventeen. Although the KISS frontman did the phone interview, he never asked Slash to come and jam with them to see what he was capable of. The historian believes that Slash would probably end up being a member of KISS if they had moved on to the next stage.

How Paul Stanley once interviewed Slash, in Marc Canter’s words:

“Also, there are so many other things that aren’t in the book. Like Slash barely remembered this – I saw him a couple of weeks ago – and first, he said he didn’t remember, then he said, ‘You know, I vaguely do remember that.’ Paul Stanley called Slash when he was seventeen and interviewed him to join KISS when Ace Frehley left. But Paul doesn’t even know this because all Paul knows is that he called some kid; he had no idea the kid was Saul Hudson.

And how did he get that number? Because Slash was working at a Hollywood music store, and the owner saw that in between no customers, Slash would plug into something and noodle around. So, the owner saw that Slash was extraordinary, and when he found out that KISS was looking for a guitar player, he recommended Slash. So, Paul Stanley called him, but Paul knew he was only seventeen, and that could be a problem legally.”

The historian continued:

“I’m not saying there aren’t musicians that are underage – there are – but touring with KISS can be a liability. You don’t know what could happen with a seventeen-year-old kid. So, Slash made it through the phone interview, but they never took a look at him. They never had him come down, learn a few songs, and see what he had. Had they done that, Slash would have probably been in KISS, and Guns N’ Roses may have never happened.

That’s the joke of it. So, it worked out. Paul Stanley was asking, ‘Would you be able to tour? Are your parents cool with that? Could you record?’ He was asking him the right questions, but he just never got to the next level, and Vinnie Vincent was hired, and that was the end of that. There are stories like that that got lost and never made it into anything. They’re interesting stories. There’s a number of them, and they’ll come up as we get to the gigs.”

After considering several options to replace Ace Frehley, KISS’s band members finally settled on Vinnie Vincent as the band’s new lead guitarist. Slash, on the other hand, played in a few local bands at the time until joining Guns N’ Roses in 1985.