Guitarist Doug Aldrich recalled in a new episode of the “Three Sides Of The Coin” podcast his “awkward” audition to replace KISS co-founder Ace Frehley while he was still in his teens.
“One day, a girl came in and said her boyfriend was [Kiss drummer] Eric Carr and that they were looking for a guitar player for Kiss, and she thought that I would be really good for it,” Aldrich told the podcast.
A few days later Carr invited him to come down to the Record Plant, where he met singer-bassist Gene Simmons and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley.
Aldrich was asked to play some solos on their in-progress material, including “War Machine.”
“It was kinda clear to me that it was a little awkward,” said the musician, who also played guitar for The Dead Daisies, Burning Rain, Whitesnake and DIO.
“But they were super nice about it. Eric walked me out, and he called me a couple days later and said, ‘You did great, man. You did really good. But we’re looking for somebody with a little more under their belt. … It was a great lesson. And it really encouraged me,” Aldrich added.
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