Twisted Sister Guitarist Jay Jay French spoke in a recent interview with Mike Brunn and spoke about the time he auditioned for TO KISS back in 1972.
In the conversation, Jay Jay brought up the fact that the audition took place a long time ago, and he barely remembers what happened then. As the guitarist said, they don’t stuck several times at the time. However, the band decided to continue with Ace Frehley, the original KISS guitarist, and Jay Jay never closed the deal.
Therefore, he reminded everyone that there is no such thing as “Jay Jay in KISS”. While saying he was never a member of KISS, the veteran guitarist also admitted that he was not good enough to be chosen by KISS, and that was the main reason he couldn’t do it.
Moreover, French also praised Ace’s talents and admitted that he was much better than him. In fact, after seeing KISS with Frehley, Jay Jay realized they had found the right person for the job.
Jay Jay French on his KISS auction:
“You know, it’s been so long that I barely remember. I just remember they called me a few times to get me down, and I got down and jam a few times. But I’ve never imbued it with much more history than … I have never been a KISS player, I never made a deal. This whole ‘Jay Jay in KISS’ thing is crap.
Once a guy said to me, ‘Have you ever been in another band?’ I said, ‘Well, not really but I auditioned for KISS in 1972, it did not work.’ How honest can you be? I was not good enough, I was not chosen. Ace was much better. I saw them and I was like, “Whoa, they have the right guy! Ace was great.
You can check out the full interview below.