We thought, “We can make a guitar. Maybe we can make something that’s better than anybody has ever made.” My dad had that attitude, which I inherit, “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.” And I kind of extend that. I think, “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” That’s kind of a Queen thing.
Ace Frehley graced us with his legendary presence at the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room where he talked about what it feels like to play music, his musical beginnings, and his relationship with Gibson and the Les Paul. Be sure to check out Ace’s latest album “Space Invader” at http://www.AceFrehley.com.
I was so sick of trying to figure out what people wanted to hear. One day I just woke up and said, “I’m not gonna play that game. I’m gonna write whatever the heck I feel like. Whatever comes out is whatever comes out, and that’s gonna be that.”
There’s been a lot of pressure on [the Rock Hall] to induct us over the years, and they resisted. We could’ve been inducted 15 years ago. You’re eligible after 25 years as a band, but they waited 40. Sooner or later, it doesn’t matter to me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a big honor and I plan to have a good time.
Ace Frehley on KISS’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Noisy interview
I think it’s the defining question for a Christian–’Who was Christ?’ And I don’t think you’re let off easily by saying, ‘A great thinker,’ or ‘A great philosopher,’ because actually, he went around saying he was the messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He was crucified because he said he was the son of God. So he either was the son of God, or he was nuts. Forget rock ‘n’ roll messianic complexes, this is Charlie Manson-type delirium. And I find it hard to accept that all the millions and millions of lives…for two-thousand years have been touched–have felt their lives touched and inspired by a nutter.
My respect for Bono just increased. Watch the entire video to find out what he also believes about prayer, miracles, and the resurrection.
I did a little digging and found out this interview comes from the June 25, 2013 episode of The Meaning of Life, a series on Ireland’s public broadcast network RTE. Hosted by Gay Byrne, it delves into matters of faith and religion with public figures.
James Hetfield, the man himself, sat down with us at Guitar Center in San Francisco. In the small room, he shared stories about becoming a musician, rising to fame, and even played a bit. All the while, customers continued to shop in the store, having no idea it was James playing.
I wonder if he played “Stairway to Heaven” while he was there?!