David Letterman - David Letterman's Drummer Was A Member Of Kiss For A Night
by WENN | 30 July 2014
David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theatre
The drummer for U.S. chat show David Letterman's house band was once a member of Kiss for a night.
Revered session musician Anton Fig, who had played on two Kiss albums as well as guitarist Ace Frehley's debut solo record, was initially drafted in to replace Peter Criss in 1980, but he was dismissed hours later when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to go in a different direction.
Frehley recalls, "We were looking for a new drummer and we auditioned about a dozen drummers, including Eric Carr. I called up Paul and Gene, because I had been working with Anton on my solo record, and I said, 'Why don't we get Anton Fig to play drums?' and they both agreed.
"So I called up Anton and said, 'You're in the band'. He was thrilled. He couldn't sleep all night. The next day, Paul and Gene calls (sic) me and says, 'You know what, I don't think Anton's a good choice'. So I had to do the dirty work and call Anton and say, 'Sorry, Anton, you're not in the band'. He was elated and then he was let down."
Criss officially left Kiss in May, 1980, prompting the band to postpone a European tour. He was replaced by Eric Carr.
Did KISS ever ask you to join the band for a full-time member, I mean, did you have a serious discussion from the subject ever?
Anton Fig: Well… Ace took me out for dinner one night and asked me if I wanted into it. At the time I had this band with the Aucoin Management (Spider). We had a song in the top 40. So I thought about it for a little bit and then I said I feel like I should stay with my band because it looked like it would break it too you know…maybe not as big as Kiss but that it could break. Then what I heard was that Gene and Paul didn’t like the idea of me and Ace being like a group together so they kind of took away the offer if you know what I mean. But as far as I’m concerned, they did ask me, and I did say no.