Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist and one of the founding members of KISS, has expressed his admiration for the legendary band, Led Zeppelin, while recalling the first Zeppelin concert he went to and got surprised with the audience’s reaction.
During the recent conversation he made with Alicia Atout on YouTube, Ace Frehley has talked about the source of his inspirations on his latest solo album, ‘Origins Vol.2‘ As you may know, Frehley has released his ninth studio album on September 18, 2020, via Entertainment One Music.
The iconic musician has been attending several shows and giving interviews about his brand new work, which features some surprising covers of the bands like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, since the day it was released.
Within his latest interview, Frehley has revealed how he picked the songs he wanted to re-interpret in his own style while paying respect to the original versions. Ace said that, since he’s the lead guitarist, he took the stuff that he used to perform in clubs when he used to play Top 40, way before he joined the KISS.
He reminisced about his teenage years, learning how to play the guitar from his major influences, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, The Stones, and Pete Townshend of The Who.
Frehley has continued and talked about the first time he saw Led Zeppelin on stage at the Fillmore East, when he was 17 years old. He said they were opening up for Iron Butterfly and after they finished their performance, half the people left the show.
He felt really sorry for the headliner, Iron Butterfly, because they had to play to half a house after Led Zeppelin rocked the stage, Ace added. Frehley admitted that he thinks Zeppelin was destined to take over the world, just like KISS did it for a while.
Here’s what Ace Frehley said about his new album, ‘Origins Vol.2’:
“Because I’m a lead guitarist, I picked a lot of songs with really cool guitar riffs, stuff that I used to perform in clubs when I used to play Top 40, way before I joined the KISS.
When I was a teenager learning how to play the guitar, the whole English Invasion just blew me away. I never took a guitar lesson, I learned how to play guitar from Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, The Stones, Pete Townshend of The Who – they were all major influences on me.
I saw Led Zeppelin‘s first New York appearance at the Fillmore East when I was about 17, they were opening up for Iron Butterfly and after they finished their performance, half the people left.
I felt really sorry for the headliner because the headliner had to play to half a house. Led Zeppelin was destined to take over the world, just like KISS did it for a while.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation below.