KISS' Paul Stanley Talks ACE FREHLEY's Drunken Hijinks During Legendary 1979 Tom Snyder Interview - "It May Be Funny On The Surface, But What's Below The Surface Is A Lack Of Appreciation For A Gift That You've Been Given"
October 12, 2012, 10 years ago
In an interview with LAWeekly's Linda Leseman, KISS singer/guitarist PAUL STANLEY talks about, among other things, the importance of not showing up to work drunk. An excerpt follows:
Q: We were watching the infamous Tom Snyder interview (with KISS in 1979 that got derailed by ACE FREHLEY's drunken goofiness) and were wondering what was going through your mind at that time. It looks like it was fun, but it also looks like Gene (Simmons) was not so happy about it.
A: "It wasn't that big of a fun time because you have to respect your position. You have to respect your job. You have to respect the people that you're trying to communicate with. It may seem funny that somebody is drunk... but the fact is that the root of it was, I believe, a contempt and a lack of respect for the audience and the fans. So, sure. Can you look at it and chuckle? Yeah. I can, too, but I see deeper. And I look at it and say, what a shame to take this lofty position that somebody gave us and spit in it. Spit in its face. By showing up inebriated or unable to connect a sentence. It may be funny on the surface, but what's below the surface is a lack of appreciation for a gift that you've been given."
Read the full interview at this location.
YouTube footage of KISS' appearance on The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder can be found below: