When you listen to the studio and live albums Kiss made in the '70s with Ace Frehley, it's easy to understand why some fans will never forgive the group for moving on without their highly distinctive and influential lead guitarist. His self-taught, unconventional and admirably economical style has influenced countless musicians over the years. While his fans have learned to endure long gaps between Ace's albums -- he's only released five since his early-'80s departure from Kiss -- the results are usually well worth the wait. Furthermore, his mid-'90s reunion with his former band helped restore Kiss to arena headliner status, although he left the group again in 2002 to resume his solo career.
The Moment Ace Frehley Knew It Was Time to Leave Kiss
"I kind of saw the writing on the wall," the legendary guitarist tells UCR.
Ace Frehley's Newest Cover Song Comes From a Very Unlikely Source
Frehley's newest cover is an obscure song from a 2002 Jason Statham movie.
Ace Frehley Upstaged After Trading Signature Sound for Free Gear
Opening act’s guitarist had the Space Ace’s audio impact - but his own new setup “sounded like shit.”
Watch Ace Frehley Space Travel in New 'Walkin' on the Moon' Video
The former Kiss star delivers an outer space-themed love song.
Ace Frehley Says He Can Sing Better Than Paul Stanley
And he "[doesn't] have to use backing tracks."
Ace Frehley Looking For Beer Commercial He Made With Rick Nielsen
Space Ace recalls backstage fun with Cheap Trick and Rush - but not Black Sabbath.
Ace Frehley: 'It's Back to the Breadline' for Tommy Thayer
Spaceman takes swipe at his Kiss successor as he readies new solo album '10,000 Volts.'
Ace Frehley Mocks Kiss' Avatars: 'It's Not Rock 'n' Roll'
"It kind of looked like it was geared towards children," says the band's founding guitarist.