The co-founder and classic guitarist of KISS, Ace Frehley has looked back on his career with the band while recalling a horrible car accident during the release days of their second studio album, ‘Hotter than Hell.’
Within his recent conversation on The Disc Dive, the iconic musician, Ace Frehley, has reminisced about the early days of KISS, their unique stage makeups, and an unfortunate incident before the photoshoot of their second album that prevented Frehley to put his full makeup on.
While promoting his ninth solo studio album, ‘Origins Vol.2,’ that came out on September 18, 2020, via Entertainment One Music, Ace Frehley has answered the questions about the stage personas of KISS members, which was provided by their face makeups.
Frehley said, for years, they tried to protect their identities, when in the makeup nobody knew what they looked like without it. Also, he admitted that a lot of the magazines got pictures of them but wouldn’t print them because they were selling so many copies of magazines with KISS on the cover with makeup.
When Frehley was asked about the band’s unforgettable album, ‘Hotter than Hell,’ he touched upon the makeup issue again. He said the first thing that comes to mind is the cover of the album because it was so revolutionary.
Yet, it was not easy to create that look on the cover due to the terrible car accident he got into the night before the shoots. Frehley unveiled the fact that they only put makeup on half his face.
‘Hotter Than Hell‘ is the second studio album by KISS, released on October 22, 1974, by Casablanca Records. It was certified gold on June 23, 1977, having shipped 500,000 copies. The album was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version. It peaked on the Billboard 200 charts at No. 100 without the benefit of a hit single.
Here’s what Ace Frehley said about the album:
“When you mention ‘Hotter Than Hell,’ the first thing that comes to mind is the cover because it was so revolutionary. We got one of the best photographers in California, Norman Seeff, to shoot the black-and-white photo session.
And I got into a car accident the night before, and they only put makeup on half my face. Or maybe that was a photo session following the album cover…
But working with Norman was great, and I believe he came up with the Japanese artwork idea around the black and white photo, and I thought the cover was very distinctive looking and wasn’t reminiscent of anything I remember seeing.”
“So I thought that broke some new ground. The music when I think of ‘Hotter Than Hell,’ I don’t think it was probably as exciting as our first album because those songs we had been playing and recording and working on for years, and all of a sudden our record company goes, ‘You got to do another record!’
And we have to throw these songs together. The songs from ‘Hotter Than Hell’ probably aren’t quite up to par with some of the songs on the first record.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation below.