During a recent Q&A, classic KISS guitarist Ace Frehley talked about his lack of formal musical education, saying (via Blabbermouth):
“I never took a guitar lesson, and just about every day, somebody comes up to me and says, ‘If it wasn’t for you, I never would have picked up a guitar.’
“I feel guilty because I never took a guitar lesson. I go, ‘You’re idolizing an idiot.’ [Laughs] I don’t even know what I’m playing half the time. I can’t verbalize it – it just comes out of the speakers.”
What’s your favorite KISS song?
“My favorite KISS song is ‘Deuce’ [from the band’s 1974 self-titled debut album]. Not only is it a great, ass-kicking song – it was the first [KISS] song that I heard.
“When I auditioned for KISS, Paul and Gene played ‘Deuce’ for me and they said, ‘It’s in the key of A. Plug in and play a solo.’ That’s how I got the gig, so ‘Deuce’ has a special place in my heart.
“I love playing it live, and I enjoyed playing it when I was in KISS. It’s a real kick-ass song, so that’s probably my favorite KISS song.”