On Friday Tommy Thayer Was On Stand-By To Replace Ace In KISS was a top story. Here is the recap: (Classic Rock) KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer says he'd been lined up to replace Ace Frehley four years before it actually happened.
He'd even been kitted out with his own Spaceman garb in case the changeover took place while the band were touring.
"Actually, being the lead guitarist in KISS was unimaginable, but I think Paul and Gene had almost made me the heir apparent for several years before it happened. Because of the volatility in the band from 1998 on, I was literally on 'stand-by' backstage for several tours to take over on guitar if necessary.
"Behind the scenes, I had my own KISS outfit, boots and makeup kit in case of an emergency situation. By the time they asked me to be the new KISS lead guitarist over 10 years ago, the writing had been on the wall for a long while." - more on this story