Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke in an interview with Dave Tutts of Sam Ash. He has revealed the story of his worst live show.
He said that ‘I was playing too loud, and the owner kept complaining, and I pretty much ignored him’. Here’s the full of story:
“I did gig with a band when I was, like, 20, in Patterson, New Jersey. It was a mob joint, and I kind of drank too much, so by the end of the night, I was playing too loud, and the owner kept complaining, and I pretty much ignored him.
At the end of the night, he didn’t want to pay us the full amount that he promised us, so the leader of the band who hired me because his guitar player was sick, he said, ‘Well, if you want that extra money, you’re going to have to go ask him yourself.’ I went over and said, ‘Where’s the extra sixty bucks?’ The next thing you know, he gives me a shot across the bar.
I didn’t know he was a professional boxer at one point in time. He fractured my cheekbone. That wasn’t my favorite gig.“
He also explained what he learned from Bob Ezrin and Eddie Kramer. He sadi:
“I’ve learned so many miking techniques from guys like [former KISS collaborators] Eddie Kramer and Bob Ezrin. I use a lot of that stuff whenever I record… I’m still experimenting to this day.
Every time I do a record, I try something different and come up with some different combination of miking. Sometimes, I’ll put a mic in the hallway and get natural ambiance, which always sounds better to me than digital reverb.”
You can watch the entire interview from below.