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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 & 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

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

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