In the end, rockin’ and rollin’ – and partyin’ – all nite proved too much for Ace Frehley.
Interviewed on Mad as a Hatter, the KISS guitarist recalls why, at the age of 55, he finally got clean and sober three years ago after decades of being hooked on drugs and alcohol.
“It stopped being fun. And I just felt I probably was gonna die if I didn’t change my ways,” Ace, whose new album is titled Anomaly, tells host Valen Lee.
“Since I got clean, it’s like, I can’t believe how productive I am and how much fun I’m having and enjoying life to the fullest – without the help of chemicals.”
“It’s funny, I look at that old lifestyle the same way I used to look at being sober.
“Back then, I didn’t think I could do anything without all that junk,” adds Ace, whose work with KISS helped the group sell more than 8o million albums to date.
“And now when I look back on how I used to be I think, God, how did I ever get through the day?”
Anomaly, which Ace self-produced, drops, Sept. 15, marking his first solo effort in more than 20 years.
Sept. 15 also marks the third anniversary of the rocker’s sobriety.
“That wasn’t planned. It just happened to fall on that date,” he says.
“But sometimes there are no such things as coincidences.”
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