Ace Frehley Wanted To Drive Into A Tree Before Quitting Kiss

September 28, 2018

Ace Frehley said he was so unhappy in Kiss in the months leading up to his first departure in 1982 that he thought about driving his car into a tree on a regular basis.

He added that even though the split had cost him a significant amount of money, it was still something he had to do.

“Kiss in the ‘70s was just like this roller-coaster ride for me,” Frehley said during a live conversation in Los Angeles this week (via Blabbermouth). “We were just constantly busy, and the drugs and the alcohol and all the partying in conjunction with that type of schedule just started to get to me. By the early ‘80s I just wanted to jump off the roller coaster because I thought I was going to crash.”

Frehley recalled a meeting he had with his lawyer just before he left the band. “We had just gotten a $15 million contract,” he said. “I’m talking to my lawyer, going, ‘$15 million, that’s great – but every night I drive home to Connecticut, I want to drive my care into a tree because I’m not happy.’ He goes, ‘Okay, Ace, I hear that, but it’s $15 million.’ He still didn’t get it.”