Which Grunge Guitarist Joined Ace Frehley on Stage for a KISS Cover?
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently wrapped up a three-week US tour with a final gig in Seattle, where he was joined onstage by one of the city’s hometown heroes – Mike McCready, guitarist with Seattle grunge/alternative legends Pearl Jam.
McCready guested on Frehley’s performance of the KISS classic ‘Cold Gin’, repeating his guest appearance on Frehley’s latest album, the covers set Origins Vol.1. Of course, for McCready performing live with Frehley was something he owed his much younger self. In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview, McCready said, “Ace Frehley came onstage and did it with us at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, which was a total high watermark in my life. When I was 13, I never thought in a million years that I would even talk to him; I’d probably pass out. And here I am playing with him!”
Talking about Frehley’s influence on him, in the same interview, McCready said, “I really gravitated towards his vibrato. My lead for ‘Alive’ is based on ‘She’ and that’s based on ‘Five to One’ by the Doors. I remember we were in Surrey, England. I thought about it like, "I’m going to approach this like Ace did on 'She.’”