Shortly after Kiss' performance got under way on December 12, 1976 at the Lakeland Civic Center (in Lakeland, Florida), guitarist Ace Frehley grabbed a railing leading down a flight of stairs to the stage that wasn't grounded properly. He immediately received a jolt of electricity that knocked him unconscious. "I got electrocuted in Florida and I survived. The guys said, 'Why don't you write a song about getting electrocuted?' And I came up with 'Shock Me.'" Despite having already penned several tunes for Kiss up to that point ("Cold Gin," "Parasite," "Strange Ways," etc.), it was not until "Shock Me" that Frehley actually sang one of his own songs on record.