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Ace Frehley

Along with Eddie Van Halen, Kiss' Ace Frehley inspired numerous up-and-coming rockers to pick up the guitar in the 1970s -- and come the '90s, he was listed by just about every contemporary rock guitarist (Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, etc.) as an important influence. Born Paul Frehley on April 27, 1951, in the Bronx, New York, Frehley began playing guitar when he received an electric six-string for his 14th birthday in 1965. Already a big fan of the Rolling Stones, Frehley was blown away when he caught a multi-band live show in N.Y.C. in early 1967, featuring both the Who and Cream, among others, which solidified his desire to pursue rock guitar more seriously (and put a promising art career on the back burner). Frehley began playing in local bands soon after, adding both Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to his influences -- and around this time, adopted the nickname "Ace." Although none of the bands he played with had taken off, he answered an ad in a local paper for a new hard rock, theatrically based group in early 1973.

A few weeks after his initial tryout, Frehley was hired as the lead guitarist for the new quartet, joining bassist/singer Gene Simmons, rhythm guitarist/singer Paul Stanley, and drummer Peter Criss to form the band Kiss. By year's end, the greasepaint- and costume-wearing band was signed to Casablanca Records, and by 1978, had become one of the world's top hard rock bands. A string of platinum albums and sold-out tours lasted from 1975-1979, until the trappings of fame threatened to break up the band. Frehley's best friend in the band, Criss, left Kiss in 1980, as the group unsuccessfully experimented with non-metal styles. Ace Frehley's use of alcohol and drugs increased due to his ever-increasing unhappiness in the band, and, by 1982, he'd exited Kiss.

Within a year or two after his split from Kiss, Ace began putting his own solo band together, Frehley's Comet. The band played local N.Y.C. clubs, but failed to issue a record until 1987's self-titled debut for Megaforce Records. Instead of following the heavy metal direction of his exceptional 1978 solo album, Frehley's Comet tried to keep pace with the current pop-metal movement (Mötley Crüe, etc.), issuing two other albums (and a live EP) by 1989. Around this time, Frehley put his old art talents to use once again through computer graphics, with a few of his images even being featured in an art exhibit. Despite mud slinging in the press between Simmons/Stanley and Frehley in the early '90s, all four original Kiss members made up in time to reunite for a 1995 taping of MTV Unplugged. The taping was such a success that it led to a full-blown reunion of the original lineup, resulting in the massively successful 1996-1997 Alive Worldwide Tour.

Frehley continued as a member of Kiss until the end of their Farewell Tour (lasting longer than fellow original member Peter Criss, who dropped out in 2001). Live appearances, including gigs at the massive Rocklahoma festival, kept Ace busy until 2009 when he released the album Anomaly on his own label, Bronx Born Records. In 2011, he published No Regrets, a detailed and frank memoir which recounted, among other things, his aforementioned struggles with alcohol and cocaine addiction. In 2013 he celebrated seven years of sobriety and spent much of that year appearing at horror, sci-fi, and pop culture conventions. The following April, after a long wait, Kiss were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, before August brought the release of Space Invader, a solo album which took a heavier approach than Anomaly. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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I always find it funny how people try and put down Ace by saying he is not a great guitarist etc. Well no s**t Mr. Obvious. My favorite Ace quote of all time is If I had known how many people I would influence I would have practiced more. Ace is a great example of what you see is what you get. He has his own signature sound and style and was the catalyst for MANY of the great rock and metal guitarists we know to pick up the guitar for the first time.
Ace made it easy to play guitar specialy if when you just staring to play the guitar and that's why he will allways will be the guitar hero and Master
Nothing beats old school kick a** music
Happy bday spacely rock out
Happy Birthday Ace ily!
garylleonard 3
What I meant to say was check out ACE and Jason hook on you tube ACE can play the blues like blues should be playedACE is not a joke he is rock and roll
garylleonard 3
Check out ace frehley and Jason hook
To those who hate on Ace if he wasn't the best guitarist of his time he was damn close. His sound is signature and its still fresh and kicks a**. He has never received the recognition he so deserves from the so called music know it all's. Look at the list of awesome guitarists that say Ace is the reason they picked up a guitar. Its a damn impressive one. He is the man. Ace Frehley rocks!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Space Bear was made up in 1979 when Kiss was on an interview with Jimmy Kimmel and Ace started putting some of his costume on a bear. When asked what he was doing he replied, making a space bear. The more you know ;)
Just recently started getting into ACE after my friend encouraged me to check him/KISS out and just give them a chance-sure am glad I listened, so after 51 years I have another great guitarist to listen to.
Bobonit, all you do is hate on other artists. What's makes you the music guru you supposedly are? I doubt you were or are a talented successful musician. Ace is my hero!
No talent makeup wearing loser
Gimme a KISS.
I have read all of these comments and I will tell you all....peopl e s thoughts and feelings are just that and nothing more !!!! Everyone has an opinion and rightly so but if all of you look at the facts without predetermine d misconceptio n s . . . K I S S did what they did in ways that NO ONE can question.... t h e y pumped out so many great recording with the exception of Unmasked which did suck very badly but it too even had a couple of excellent tracks but all bands make mistakes...n o exceptions. Ace if a
He's a joke as is Kiss and all the other makeup wearing poseurs from that category of so called musicians. Thumbs down losers. Making noise is not the same as making music.
peggy51099
SNOWBLIND!!! ! ! ! LOVE THAT ONE!!! GOOD OLD DAYS!!! GREAT SHOWS.
ACE ROCKS!
Been visiting different planets all over the solar sytem and finally found Aces home planet. Planet New York with the plasma moons and the guitar junkis

THE ONE AND ONLY SPACEMAN
ACE!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
My First guitar HERO!
W/out Ace, I would not have found Hendrix, Paige ect...

Nuff said.
dragon369
Take it down a notch zactuner, even you get to be heard...go to where someone wants to listen. good luck
dragon369
Some hear the drum and some never know!
dragon369
Clearly the BEST. ACE FREHLEY was KISS. Sadly..the sum was greater than the equal of its parts. R.I.P. kiss LONG LIVE THE KING!
ace rocks
Ace....a local resident in my area...Was great to see him at the Sober Teens gatnering in Carmel,NY a few years back. It was kinda ironinc seeing Ace at such an event, but all in all everyone gets there act togehter at some point, and some day I will too....LOL LOL Rock On Ace!!!!
He is the S**T.....But someone tell my what happened to him. I saw KISS last night not him, some Tommy guy. Was sad
Greatest Guitarist on this or anyother planet!!! :)
zactuner
F**K YOU FLOYDHEAD163
Ace Frehley the REAL SPACE ACE! ack!
ACE is IMMORTAL.... . . . . P e r i o d
steven630
kiss does not have crappy drums!!!!
crappy drums?
Ace is KISS. Seriously, if it weren't for his guitar work, the band wouldn't be anything but bass, awesome vocals, and crappy drums. Listen to a KISS album and one song will stick out like a sore thumb as amazing, chances are, that's the Ace Frehley song of the album. And think about it for a second, Ace was playing with tapping technique long before Eddie Van Halen or Randy Rhoads came along. So how could anyone not consider Ace to be one of the most influential guitarists of all time? So many
And of course, his solo album was by far the best Kiss solo record. Ace Frehley more or less singlehanded l y inspired me to become a guitar player and 31 years later I'm still going at it. Thanks Ace.
Ace Frehley : my mentor, my teacher, my friend . I am thankful to be a fan of The Acester !! Rock on - Rock Soldiers !
can`t wait for his new album!
Yep! Easily one of the most influential rock guitarists!
ace is easily the one of the best guitarest ever. i loved him in kiss and thought he was great... i`m a guitarest so he was and still is the closest thing i have to a role model. i loved his solo album so much and i`m sad to say i don`t have any others. i hope to get some though.
Finally I am getting another song on here! All I would hear is Deuce from the Greatest Hits Live. Now I got Breakout!
I LOVE ACE!!!
lol ace is my role model
No one tops Ace!!!!

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