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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 comethe '90s, was listed by just about every contemporary rock guitarist (Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Pantera'sDimebag Darrell, etc.) as an important influence. Born Paul Frehley on April 27, 1951, in the Bronx, NY, Frehley began playing guitar whenhe received an electric six-string for his 14th birthday in 1965. Already a big fan of the Rolling Stones, Frehley was blown away when hecaught a multi-band live show in N.Y.C. in early 1967, featur ...read more

Along with Eddie Van Halen, Kiss' Ace Frehley inspired numerous up-and-coming rockers to pick up the guitar in the 1970s -- and comethe '90s, was listed by just about every contemporary rock guitarist (Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Pantera'sDimebag Darrell, etc.) as an important influence. Born Paul Frehley on April 27, 1951, in the Bronx, NY, Frehley began playing guitar whenhe received an electric six-string for his 14th birthday in 1965. Already a big fan of the Rolling Stones, Frehley was blown away when hecaught 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 pursuerock guitar more seriously (and put a promising art career on the back burner). Frehley began playing in local bands soon after, adding bothLed Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to his influences -- and around this time, adopted the nickname "Ace." Although none of the bands he playedwith 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, rhythmguitarist/singer Paul Stanley, and drummer Peter Criss to form the band Kiss. By year's end, the greasepaint- and costume-wearing bandwas 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, leftKiss in 1980, as the group unsuccessfully experimented with non-metal styles. Ace Frehley's use of alcohol and drugs increased due to hisever-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 hisexceptional 1978 solo album, Frehley's Comet tried to keep pace with the current pop-metal movement (Mötley Crüe, etc.), issuing twoother albums (and a live EP) by 1989. Around this time, Frehley put his old art talents to use once again through computer graphics, with afew 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 itled 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, whodropped out in 2001). Live appearances, including gigs at the massive Rocklahoma festival, kept Ace busy until 2009 when he released thealbum Anomaly on his own label, Bronx Born Records. « hide

Similar Bands: Van Halen, KISS, UFO, Frehley's Comet, Def Leppard

LPs
Space Invader
2014

3.6
8 Votes
Anomaly
2009

3.1
32 Votes
Trouble Walkin'
1989

3.2
18 Votes
Frehley's Comet
1987

3.4
25 Votes
Ace Frehley
1978

3.6
132 Votes
Live Albums
Greatest Hits Live
2006

3.1
6 Votes
Compilations
Loaded Deck
1998

3.1
4 Votes
12 Picks
1997

3
2 Votes

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