Rumors are percolating that one of rock music’s most colorful and outspoken personalities may reunite with the band that made him famous for some live shows next year, but this conversation would not have happened had Ace Frehley not survived a freak accident during one of KISS’ incendiary live shows 40 years ago this month.
We very nearly lost Space Ace for good on December 12, 1976 when he very nearly electrocuted himself on stage during a show when he was shocked after touching an ungrounded metal railing.
But the expression ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ definitely comes into play here; the ‘silver lining’ in this case being the genesis of this KISS classic.
Hi, I'm Pete Rizzo, early morning elixir for your weekends.
I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better!
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