'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) studios to talk about his life in and out of the glam-rock band, KISS. Matt Lauer got right to the point: "I think anybody who watched KISS over the years, probably the thought crossed their minds that you guys dabbled in drugs." Ace fully copped to embracing the '70s lifestyle.
"You gotta realize, Studio 54 and that whole scene in Manhattan in the '70s, a lot of people were doing cocaine." So much so that the band had a code name for the party-drug. "Well, we called it Betty White," he said, giggling.
Ace hasn't hung out with Betty in a while: he's been sober for five years and just wrote a book, 'Ace Frehley, No Regrets.' In it, he also talks about his relationship with Gene Simmons, which he told Matt is good, even though in the book he accuses Gene of trying to rewrite KISS' history by downplaying Ace's contribution to the band. They had lunch together recently, but Ace didn't bring that up. "I wanted to keep it light. I hadn't seen him since we received the VH1 Rock Honors award," which was in 2006. "I just wanted to wipe the slate clean and look toward the future," he said.