Ace Frehley No Regrets
Undoubtedly it is always a huge thrill seeing your work published in any format. But when your work is on the verge of being seen by millions in a New York Times Best Seller, then that thrill gets even more exciting!
The photo that was featured in the book was the very last photo I took after being on tour with Ace and his band throughout the Australian Tour in early 2010.
It was an incredibly hectic couple of weeks as we travelled from Melbourne to Perth, Perth back to Melbourne, Melbourne to Adelaide, back to Melbourne then off to Sydney and Brisbane and then back to Melbourne. That is one serious slab of touring and airports I can assure you. As I said, incredibly hectic and a sure-fire way to get some bonus frequent flyer points to die for!
I remember so much from the night this photo was taken. It was the last night of the tour and the band had just completed their final show of the Australian tour. We were all still at the Tivoli venue in Brisbane as the road crew were busy packing up and the last fan had long vacated the building. Everyone was in a jovial mood as we were reflecting on the past two weeks of our lives that brought this entire entourage together.
I asked the band if I cold take one more shot of them, I am sure by this stage of proceedings they were pretty tired of having me shove a camera in their face but we needed that one more band shot and the boys were only too happy to oblige.
Ace was still in his dressing room as the band called out to him, “Hey Poppy, come and take a photo!”
Before Ace came back out tho, everyone hid their alcoholic drinks. No one was drinking in front of him.
As the band lined up for their shot, I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between their pose and the classic KISS album cover for ‘Dressed To Kill’. In fact, I even told them, “Boys, this is our ‘Dressed To Kill’ shot”. They laughed.
And that was that.
Many, many months later I was asked by Ace’s management and publisher for permission to use the image in Ace’s autobiography ‘No Regrets’ as Ace loved the photo. After some negotiating all was set and you can now see the image within the pages of Ace’s book.