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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

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Ace Frehley

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Ace Frehley

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