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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 & Roll Hall of Fame, before August brought the release of Space Invader, a solo album which took a heavier approach than Anomaly. 2016's Origins, Vol. 1 was an all-covers album featuring songs from Ace's favorite bands, up to and including Kiss with new versions of "Parasite" and "Cold Gin" sitting next to songs from Thin Lizzy and Cream. ~ Greg Prato
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Ace Frehley


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Ace Frehley

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Ace Frehley

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  2.   Rock Soldiers
  3.   Into the Night
  4.   Something Moved
  5.   Fox on the Run
  6.   New York Groove
  7.   Breakout
  8.   Foxy & Free
  9.   Rip It Out
  10.   Genghis Khan
  11.   Do Ya by Frehley's Comet
  12.   Cold Gin by Mike McCready
  13.   Til the End of the Day
  14.   Fire and Water by Paul Stanley
  15.   Change the World
  16.   Too Many Faces
  17.   Street Fighting Man
  18.   Rocket Ride
  19.   Rock and Roll Hell
  20.   Parasite by John 5
  21.   Spanish Castle Magic by John 5
  22.   White Room
  23.   Pain in the Neck
  24.   Fractured Quantum
  25.   Calling to You
  26.   The Joker
  27.   I Wanna Hold You
  28.   Space Invader
  29.   2 Young 2 Die by Frehley's Comet
  30.   Five Card Stud by Frehley's Comet
  31.   Shot Full of Rock by Frehley's Comet
  32.   Immortal Pleasures
  33.   Words Are Not Enough
  34.   Emerald by Slash
  35.   Reckless
  36.   Past the Milky Way
  37.   What Every Girl Wants
  38.   Change
  39.   Gimme a Feelin'
  40.   Outer Space
  41.   Fractured III by Frehley's Comet
  42.   N.Y. Groove
  43.   Separate
  44.   Hide Your Heart by Frehley's Comet
  45.   Fractured Too
  46.   Stranger in a Strange Land
  47.   We Got Your Rock
  48.   Love Me Right
  49.   Trouble Walkin' by Frehley's Comet
  50.   Sister
  51.   Dolls
  52.   Magic Carpet Ride
  53.   Bring It on Home
  54.   Starship
  55.   Space Bear
  56.   A Little Below the Angels
  57.   Lost in Limbo by Frehley's Comet
  58.   It's a Great Life
  59.   Back to School by Frehley's Comet
  60.   Remember Me by Frehley's Comet
  61.   Inside the Vortex
  62.   Toys
  63.   Wild Thing by Lita Ford
  64.   A Band Effort
  65.   Jamming with Gene
  66.   A Holiday Recording
  67.   Live EP at the Aragon
  68.   Live Video in Europe
  69.   Perfectionism, Rising Above
  70.   Sometimes It Is Better Together
  71.   Digital Art and Design
  72.   An Artwork Debate
  73.   Musical Evolution
  74.   Special Effects
  75.   Odd Jobs

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