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Ace Frehley

  • American musician
  • Born April 27, 1951

Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley (; born April 27, 1951) is an American musician and songwriter best known as the original lead guitarist and co-founding member of the rock band Kiss. He invented the persona of The Spaceman (a.k.a. Space Ace) and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a highly-successful reunion tour. Frehley's 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.


My life has been a roller coaster ride, but somehow I've always been able to land on my feet and still play the guitar.




I asked my daughter when she was 16, What's the buzz on the street with the kids? She's going, to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren't into Kiss. But they've all been told that it's the greatest show on Earth.




One of the greatest gifts I've ever gotten is my daughter.




When you take a shower in space, you have to press the water onto your body to clean yourself, and then you gotta vacuum it off.




I went to my friend's house one day, and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp. I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord, and I said, I'm in love.




I'm just a kid from Bronx who got lucky.




I'm the kinda person, you gotta fight for everything you get. You gotta believe in yourself.




I have a lot of diehard fans. Ace Frehley fans and Kiss fans are the greatest fans in the world.




As long as I know what key the solo is in, I try to kind of empty my mind and not think about anything. I just play without thinking.




For me it's about the music, and it always has been. Maybe for some other people it's more about money.




I can't even read notes. But I can teach someone how to make a guitar smoke.




I loved playing the guitar and I knew I was pretty good at it, so that's what I wanted to do with my life.




I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet.




Once you come and see Kiss, you either love us or you hate us.




I had a feeling it was gonna work out because not only did I enjoy the music and hit it off with the guys, but I was into theatrical rock and was willing to wear makeup and do anything to make it.




I don't see this planet being... they're talking about how they're turning around the environmental problems here, but I think it's already too late.




It's always good to walk in a room and know everybody kind of looks up to you because I guess I've earned it.




If I'm so popular, why did they replace me with Tommy Thayer?




I don't like to practice; I like spontaneity. When I don't play guitar for a week and I pick it up again, I play better.




A lot of times, I played bass on songs. Gene plays guitar on some songs.




I knew I was destined to be a rock star. I just knew it, like I've always had the power of foresight. I feel right now exactly the way I felt after I finished mixing my first solo album 'New York Groove'.




I'll get up there and I'll do my guitar solos in one of those space outfits.




I've started working on a new album, I'm writing a new book... there are a lot of good things on the horizon.




I think most of the people, once you see a Kiss show, you kinda get spoiled because I don't think there's anybody out there that's doing a bigger or a better show than us.




Every time Paul and Gene use my makeup, they have to pay me a royalty check. I think they changed the makeup so they didn't have to pay me.




People, y'know, they either love us or they hate us; there's no middle ground.




The guys in my band are good friends on and off the stage. The band members that I have now is probably the best band that I have ever had.




That's what Kiss is all about - not just music, but entertainment, y'know? We're there to take you away from your problems, and rock and roll all night and party every day for those two hours you're at the concert.




Finding a good band is Iike finding a good wife. You got to keep trying till you find the right one.



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