Monday, January 30, 2012

I Met Ace Frehley…Almost

Edward Egan /

This is not your typical feature, as it deals with the legendary Ace Frehley of Kiss, who’s not your typical rock star. I promise, it’s not what you think.

It was Halloween week 2011. I picked up a copy of The Village Voice and scanned through all the Halloween festivities scheduled in New York City. I got to page 5 when I came upon a vintage photograph of Ace Frehley from the late ’70s, in full Spaceman makeup sitting in the back of a limo, advertising a public appearance in midtown Manhattan to promote his new autobiography NO REGRETS. An unexpected treat, indeed.

Ace had been one of my childhood heroes, and one of my favorite members of the original band. Like most Kiss fans, I’ve heard dozens of wild and incredible stories about Ace involving alcohol, drugs, money and his scrapes with the law. I’d always wanted to know the truth about his exploits, and reading this book would help separate fact from bullshit. I checked out the calendar, and the date of the book signing fell on a Wednesday. I had to work that day, but I knew I’d figure something out.

As a freelance writer, my passion is relegated to whatever free time I have, or make for myself (which means that when I should be sleeping, I’m writing). Fortunately or unfortunately, I have a good job that pays well, but it’s highly demanding of my time, so I can’t just leave the office whenever I want to do something personal. However, this was an exception, so on November 3, I hustled uptown to Barnes & Noble right around noon. As I turned the corner, there was already a line of fans snaking around the block. I tried to assess how long I would have to wait in line to get my job done, but quickly realized this wasn’t going to work out. I got a knot in my stomach as I thought about how this crush of fans was utterly ruining my chances of meeting Ace. I was feeling pretty shitty about the whole thing, fantasizing about quitting my job so I could just stick around and enjoy myself. Of course, reality set in after a few moments, and I decided I would have to do the responsible thing and split.

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