Ace May Have Stayed In KISS If They Scrapped The Elder

(hennemusic) The day after the original lineup of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, guitarist Ace Frehley told Billboard that he may never have left the band if they hadn't recorded the 1981 concept album, "(Music From) The Elder."

"It was a concept album and it wasn't a heavy rock and roll record," Ace explains. "KISS is known for their theatrics and heavy rock and roll songs and it was a complete departure from that. I was just thinking to myself what would have happened if we went in and did (1982's) 'Creatures Of The Night' (album) and the whole Elder concept was scrapped: I may not have left the group."

Frehley was also unhappy with producer Bob Ezrin, who was brought in to do the project following his success with Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album, "The Wall."

"I disagreed with him and the band on many issues [regarding the project]," Frehley wrote in his 2011 memoir, "No Regrets." "I could see it from the beginning. I had the street smarts and common sense to take a giant step back and look at the project with an objective eye, and I knew it was a colossal mistake in judgment. Paul, Gene, and Bob didn't get it. They went forward with the whole ridiculous concept."

"To be perfectly candid, I never fully understood what the hell this record was supposed to be about," he wrote. "Gene had written some kind of story, and there was talk of turning it into a feature-length movie or animated film or something. Even after the Kiss Meets the Phantom… catastrophe, Gene was fascinated with Hollywood culture. Ezrin stoked the fire by suggesting that Gene's little story be used as the basis for some sort of big multimedia, cross-platform vehicle for KISS. Part of the plan, apparently, was a "concept" record." more on this story

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