Ace Frehley is a renowned singer, songwriter and guitarist who rose to fame as the lead guitarist of the famous hard rock band, Kiss. Later on, he produced numerous hits as a solo music artist as well.
Frehley is a style icon who along with his band mates introduced the trend of painting faces when performing on stage. His most recent solo studio effort titled Origins, Vol. 1 was released in April of 2016. It consists of a number of covers including Fire and Water by the band Free. The album features appearances by numerous guest artists, one of them being Frehley’s former band mate, Paul Stanley.
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Paul Daniel Frehley was born on April 27, 1951, in Bronx county of New York City. He is the youngest among three siblings. He first attended the Theodore Roosevelt High School, later went to DeWitt Clinton High school and eventually graduated from Grace Lutheran.
The Frehleys were always fond of music. They all enjoyed playing the piano. Frehley’s father was a church organist. On the Christmas of 1964, Frehley got an electric guitar as a present and engrossed himself in learning the instrument. He was able to master the art of guitar playing without any formal training or guidance.
During his high school days Frehley’s friends nicknamed him Ace for his ability to remember dates. He was also encouraged to study graphic arts but his family did not have enough money to afford the course. Musically inclined Frehley played as part of music groups including The Outrage, Honey and The Magic People, King Kong and The Four Roses.
When his gigs with the band Cathedral began getting paid, he quit studies. However, he returned to the university later upon the insistence of his family and girlfriend. Following his graduation, Frehley took up various jobs such as a furniture deliverer, liquor store delivery boy and mail carrier.
During the early 1970s, Ace Frehley played as part of various local bands. Later when his friend Chris Cassone saw an advertisement for a lead guitarist in The Village Voice, he showed it to Frehley who then went for an audition to try his luck. The band was impressed with his guitar playing skills and about three weeks later, he was hired as their lead guitarist. At this point in time they did not have a name but later settled with Kiss as the name for the band.
Frehley designed the logo of the newly formed band and during its initial days also took up a job to bear his personal expenses. However, in mid 1973, Kiss found a manager who paid each band member a salary of $75. Soon Frehley quit his routine job to pursue music full-time.
The debut self-titled album by Kiss was released in the year 1974. Besides playing the guitar, Frehley shared writing credits on two songs off the record. These include Cold Gin and Love Theme From Kiss. Frehley continued to contribute to the band with his lyrics and guitar skills. In 1977 the guitarist made a debut as a singer in the album Love Gun. The record is notable for the fact that it features vocal performances by all the four Kiss band members.
Following the releases of the albums Dynasty and Unmasked in 1979 and 1980 respectively, Peter Criss left the band. Frehley had some disagreements with the band which led him to form his own band with bass guitarist John Reagan and drummer Anton Fig. Together they performed a number of live shows following which they were signed by Megaforce Records. The first album of the newly formed group was released via the label in 1989. It scored the 43rd spot on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 500,000 copies.
In 1988, Frehley and his band came up with the records Second Sighting and EP Live + 1. Both charted high on the Billboard countdown and received praises from the audience and critics alike.
After over a decade, Frehley reunited with Kiss in 1996, two years after which the band released a record titled Psycho Circus. It debuted at the third spot on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 110,000 copies in its first week of release. It was certified Gold in October of 1998.
Frehley continued to produce solo contributions and his fifth solo studio album titled Anomaly came out in 2009. It reached the 27th spot on the Billboard 200. Most of the album was produced by Frehley himself while the cover song Fox on the Run was produced by Marti Frederiksen.
Five years after the release of Anomaly, Ace Frehley treated his fans with the album Space Invader. It was released via eOne Music in August, 2014. It reached the ninth spot on the Billboard 200 – the only time a solo record from a former or current Kiss member reached the US Top 10.
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Ace Frehley’s autobiography No Regrets: A Rock n Roll Memoir was published in 2011. It gives an insight about the musician’s journey and also includes photographs from different phases of his life. The book reached the top ten on The New York Times Best Seller List.
Ace Frehley was named the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All-Time by Guitar World. His latest music album Origins, Vol. 1 is a covers album that debuted at the 23rd spot on the Billboard 200.
The world famous guitarist and singer is currently on the road and will soon be performing live in your city. If you want to be part of the fun, then get your Ace Frehley tour tickets before they sell out.