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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

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

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