Ace Frehley: I Was Gonna Die if I Didn’t Kiss My Substance-Abuse Goodbye

CAPTION: "It's everything people say it's gonna be and more," Ace (above) tells us of his midlife sobriety.

"It's everything people say it's gonna be and more," Ace (above) tells us of his midlife sobriety.

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.

CAPTION: The Spaceman during his, ah, smoking days.

The Spaceman during his, ah, smoking days.

“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.”

To hear Ace’s full interview, click here.

To check out Ace’s website, click here.

4 thoughts on “Ace Frehley: I Was Gonna Die if I Didn’t Kiss My Substance-Abuse Goodbye

  1. V

    Thanks! The interview was fantastic! It was such a pleasure to interview my idol! :-) And thanks to BlogTalkRadio for giving me the format to be able to do it!

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  2. Harold Longs

    This was a good story. I understand about addiction because I was addicted to crack cocaine for 8 years. It felt like 20 years. I went from eating out of trash cans to becoming a former two-world powerlifting champion, motivational speaker, licensed counselor, and author. I talk about how I had to overcome my abusive childhood, to watching my Mother get shot and killed in front on me. This sent me on a path of trouble which landed me in jail as a teen and an adult. My book http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/godareyoumadatme.html. For any one who is suffering from an addiction this book could save their lives.
    Harold Longs

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