Kiss was my favorite band when I was eight years old. My cousin Mike and I would act out all the songs and recreate our favorite scenes from Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. The above photo is my Ace Frehley action figure on my desk. Mike and I saw them back in 1998 and it was a culmination of my whole childhood. Objectively, the show probably sucked, but to me, it was awesome.
Magnet Magazine did a Q&A With Ace Frehley to talk about his new solo album, but this is my favorite part:
You have to sit through one of these in its entirety or you will be killed: Kiss Meets The Phantom or (Music From) The Elder. Which one do you pick, and why?
I just saw the Phantom movie for the first time in years a few weeks ago. I can’t speak for the other guys in the band, but I think it’s a campy, cult classic. I think it’s great. I just visited Magic Mountain this year, and a lot of memories about filming that movie came flooding back to me. The new coaster rides are awesome.
Ace is awesome. But he can’t sing. That’s one of the things I remember about the show I saw: my cousin Mike turning to me during Ace’s single turn at the mic and shaking his head and yelling, “Ace can’t sing!” Of course, that doesn’t make him any less awesome.