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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better, November 3, 2011
This review is from: No Regrets (Hardcover)
This book should have been a lot better. I am a really big fan of Ace (and KISS for that matter) and I was hoping for a lot more insight from the Spaceman. Ace hasn't made it a secret that he needed help remembering a lot of his past due to drug and alcohol problems, and the lack of content in this book is a by-product of that. While it's nice to know where he grew up, how he learned to play guitar, etc, it would have been great to know more about his days in KISS - and to get a better perspective on those years. I have heard the Lakeland, FL electrocution story enough times. I wanted more than that and was disappointed that it wasn't there.

For example, Ace just glances over some of the albums in a paragraph or two. I wanted to know more about his working relationship, or lack thereof, with all the band members. Basically, I wanted more dirt and this was the prime opportunity for Ace to share it. He certainly has a right to do that because any KISS fan can tell you that Paul and Gene(especially Gene) have never pulled punches on their opinion of Ace. Instead, Ace makes mention of his love-hate relationship wuth Gene but rarely says anything about Paul. Peter is described as his partner-in-crime, but again, not in a lot of detail.

I thought Ace could have expanded more on the following:

Why was Peter fired?
The Reunion Tour (barely covered for how huge that was)
The Psycho Circus Tour (again - barely covered)
The Farewell Tour (covered in even less detail)

Perhaps Ace was taking the high road? Maybe he simply can't recall the events? Whatever the reason, the lack of detail made for an average book. Nothing special. Too bad.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2011 8:38:13 PM PDT
Joe B. says:
Great review. Enough said.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 9:19:22 PM PST
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Posted on Jun 2, 2012 5:31:07 PM PDT
E. Plaga says:
That about says it all. I enjoyed the book overall, but some of the stories went on too long or didn't see to the stuff about being with Kiss. After all, his biggest claim to fame. Totally agree with the part about not getting into enough detail about the other band members. Just when he started to discuss a relationship, it ended a sentence later. I really wanted to learn about how Kiss worked together.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2013 3:21:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 23, 2013 10:06:51 AM PDT
E. Plaga,

I agree --- sometimes he'd just drone on and on....and I'd keep thinkng, "OK, I think we got the picture!". You need to read Peter Criss' autobiography to get the whole story! I read both books and the "Kiss and Tell" book to get a complete perspective! In a nutshell, during the Reunion Tour especially:

1. Ace was still using drugs. Pete tried to clean up his act, especially after he got breast cancer!
2. Peter and Ace would come up with ideas for songs, etc and Paul and Gene would snicker and roll their eyes at each other about the ideas!
3. Ace's daughter was supposed to have a huge part in the "Detroit Rock City" movie, but Gene edited her role COMPLETELY out of the movie, which humiliated her! Fed up, Ace quit the band in 2001!
4. Later, Pete found out Ace was making almost TWICE as much on the tour as Pete was making! He cussed Gene and Paul out, and was kicked out of the band completely! He also ended his friendship with Ace at that time permanently!

A few tidbits....but, by reading all three books, SOME of the tidbits verify themselves --- Pete was kicked out of the band in 1979 because he was trying to be too much like Keith Moon (even passing out in the middle of a concert one time) and putting the after-show parties (sex and drugs) ahead of the actual show!

So ... read all three books and the KISS story makes a lot more sense! Out of the other two members, I'd rather read an autobiography from Paul. At least he would try to be diplomatic about the whole situation!
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