GUITARIST Doug Aldrich says KISS would have sounded “similar” in the early 1980s if he had beaten Vinnie Vincent to the job of replacing Ace Frehley.
Aldrich, now with American-Australian supergroup the Dead Daisies, was still a teenager when he auditioned for the self-styled “hottest band in the world” in 1982.
“At the time, everyone was looking for guitar players who had a little more chops, in the early eighties,” says Aldrich, now 54, on the White Line Fever podcast.
“Whitesnake did it, they got John Sykes. Ozzy … Tony Iommi is amazing, he’s the riff-master but Randy Rhoads, he’s more of a soloist. Everybody wanted to have an Eddie Van Halen so KISS also … they were having trouble with Ace or whatever and I think they wanted someone who was also had a little bit more of a technical style, maybe.”
Asked how KISS would have sounded with him instead of Vincent, Aldrich answers: “Vinnie is very technical and I think we were all kind of going down the same road at that time. It probably would have been similar at that time.
“But I really like that stuff that Vinnie did with them. That was some of my – aside from the Ace classics – favourite stuff that they did. “
Aldrich also tells the story of using Simmons phone number, obtained via the audition, to try to get backstage passes for himself and a group of friends.
“It was funny. It’s so long ago but my mates were with me and we were going to try and get backstage, first time. There was a party at his house, you could hear it. They were partying. I called him and he was, like, ‘lose this number’.
“I was crushed, I was devastated. I turned around and I was, like, ‘I’m sorry guys, I don’t think we’re going to make it to the show’.
“Actually, I don’t have his number anymore but I know how to get hold of him. I have his email.”
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