Ace Frehley says quitting Kiss saved his life. He is an American musician best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss and his tour of Australia and New Zealand got him to look back at his past which included his leaving in 1982 from the rock band which he nows gives credit to
getting him off a “collision course.”
“I quit because I started abusing substances and alcohol,” Frehley told Australia’s Today Show. “And I also wasn’t agreeing with the direction of the way the band was going. You know, we had that big hit ‘I Was Made For Loving You,’ and I’m more of a blues-based rock guitar player.”
Saying he let out “a sigh of relief” when he left, Frehley recalled, “I just felt like I was on a collision course with — I just thought I was gonna end up being a statistic. By the grace of God, I’m here today, clean sober eight years, and life’s never been better.”
Frehley said it was worth it saying it took some work to get cleaned up.
“The first year or two is hard,” he admitted, but added that he receives constant reminders that he made the right decision. “When I look at photos of me when I’m all bloated, and I think about the days when I was looking at being in trouble with the law for drunk driving and all that crazy stuff — and health reasons, too.”
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