This Day In Music 27.04.2016
Ace Frehley, born Paul Daniel Frehley in The Bronx, NY, United States on April 27, 1951, is an American guitarist and singer-sonwiter best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the hard rock band KISS.
It was in his high school years that he got the nickname, "Ace" when he had the ability to get his friends dates. Ace was always surrounded by music. His father (a church organist) played piano as did his mother. What made Ace really want to make guitar playing his career however, was when at age 16 he saw Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels with The Who and Cream as the opening acts. In fact, Ace considers Pete Townsend to be his all time favorite guitarist.
Prior to Ace's joining KISS, he played in bar bands, such as Magic People, The Muff Divers, The Exterminators, and Four Roses.
On January 17, 1973, Ace went to a loft on 10 E. 23rd. St. near Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City where Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Gene Simmons were auditioning for guitarists to finish creating their ultimate band. He was answering an advertisement for a guitarist in the magazine " The Village Voice" which said, "Guitarist wanted with flash and balls”. He walked in, ironically enough, on Bob Kulick's audition. After Bob Kulick auditions, Ace, Paul and Gene talked for a bit and then the group jammed on "Deuce". Gene told Ace that it was in the key of "A" and as for the solo, "go for it". Well, Ace played a ripping solo and a week later, he was in the Wicked Lester. Later they went for a new name: KISS. Frehley designed the band's double-lightning-bolt logo.
Playing the popular character of 'The Spaceman', Frehley played with the group from its inception until his departure in 1982.
On May 1987, Ace's band, now known as Frehley's Comet releases their first album, "Frehley's Comet".
On July, 1995, Ace was inducted on the Hollywood Rock Walk Of Fame by himself. The reason this happened was when in May, 1993 when KISS was being inducted in the honor of KISS' 20 year anniversary, Ace was not wanted there. In fact, Gene and Paul were said to be willing to boycott the ceremony if Ace showed up.
When MTV asked KISS to perform for their "Unplugged" Series. Ace and Peter were asked to come and they did, they met in August of 1995 at the SIR studios and rehearsed and in Ace's word's "the magic was there again".
The "Unplugged" Special was a catalyst for the full fledged KISS reunion tour. Ace had to relearn all his solos and leads. His second tenure with Kiss lasted until 2002, when he left at the conclusion of what was originally purported to be the band's Farewell Tour and he resumed his solo career. He was inducted into the Rock and oll Hall of Fame in 2014 as a member of KISS. Guitar World magazine ranked him as the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time.
He has also written the acclaimed memoir 'No Regrets', which details his working-class background and past hard-partying lifestyle.
KISS - Olympics 2002 (Ace Frehley's Last Performance)
Spaceman presenting 2016's Gibson Les Paul “Ace Frehley” Custom Signature