In a recent interview with Andrew DiCecco, Guns N’ Roses historian Marc Canter revealed that Paul Stanley once called Slash to join KISS and replace Ace Frehley, but they did not proceed. Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist for KISS who performed as The Spaceman during his tenure with the band, is renowned for his blues-based guitar playing technique. In the 1970s, when KISS rose to prominence, the guitarist became one of the most famous guitarists. After participating in the first nine albums, Frehley left KISS in 1982 due to creative and personal differences.
After leaving KISS, the guitarist pursued a solo career until 1996, when he rejoined the band for a highly successful reunion tour. When he left the band in 1982, KISS sought a new lead guitarist capable of handling such a massive responsibility, as the band was at the height of its popularity. Marc Canter, a Guns N’ Roses historian, claims that Slash was one of the candidates considered to replace Ace Frehley. Canter recalled in a recent interview his conversation with Slash, in which the guitarist discussed Paul Stanley’s interview with him. The owner of the music store where Slash was employed provided the KISS icon’s contact information. He had recommended Slash to Stanley after observing him playing guitar in the store and recognizing his immense potential.
So, Paul Stanley interviewed Slash when he was seventeen years old. Although the KISS frontman conducted the phone interview, he never invited Slash to jam with them to determine his abilities. The historian believes that Slash would have joined KISS had they progressed to the subsequent stage. How Paul Stanley once interviewed Slash, as recounted by Marc Canter: “There are also so many other things that are not included in the book. I just saw Slash a couple of weeks ago, and at first he said he didn’t remember, but then he said, “You know, I vaguely do remember that.” Paul Stanley contacted Slash when he was seventeen years old and interviewed him to replace Ace Frehley in KISS. But Paul is unaware of this because all he knows is that he called a child; he was unaware that the child was Saul Hudson.
How did he acquire that number? Because Slash was working at a music store in Hollywood, and the store’s owner observed that when there were no customers, Slash would plug into something and jam. Therefore, the owner observed that Slash was exceptional, and when he learned that KISS was seeking a guitarist, he recommended Slash. Therefore, Paul Stanley called him, but he was only seventeen years old, which could be a legal issue.” The historian went on to say: “I’m not denying that there are underage musicians – there are – but touring with KISS can be dangerous. You cannot predict what might occur with a seventeen-year-old child. So, Slash passed the phone interview, but they never saw him in person. They never invited him to come down, learn a few songs, and assess his abilities. Had they done so, Slash would have likely joined KISS, and Guns N’ Roses might not have existed.
This is the humor of it. Therefore, it worked out. Paul Stanley inquired, “Are you able to tour?” Are your parents in agreement? Could you tape?’ Vinnie Vincent was hired, and that was that. He was asking him the right questions, but he was never able to advance to the next level. There are similar tales that were never developed into anything. They are fascinating tales. There are a number of them, and we’ll encounter them as we perform.” Vinnie Vincent was selected as the new lead guitarist for KISS after the band members considered a number of candidates to replace Ace Frehley. Slash, on the other hand, played in several local bands prior to 1985, when he joined Guns N’ Roses.