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Monday, 22 February 2010

Ace Frehley aka "The Spaceman" (KISS)

Name: Paul Daniel Frehley
Born: 27th April, 1951 (The Bronx, New York)

Profile: He is an American guitarist and songwriter best known as an original member and lead guitarist for the rock band "Kiss". He took on the persona of "The Spaceman" when the band adopted costumes and theatrics. As lead guitarist, he was known for his frenetic, atmospheric playing, becoming one of the most popular guitarists in the 70's and spawning a generation of new players. His trademark was the "smoking guitar trick", causing the smoke to come out through the pickups and the infamous rocket set-up that shoots into the air.

History: The Frehleys were a musical family, and when Frehley received an electric guitar as a Christmas present in 1964, he immersed himself in learning the instrument. Basically Frehley was always surrounded by music, he started playing guitar at age 13. He got the nickname "Ace" when he had the ability to get his friends dates. His friends said, "You are a real Ace".

Frehley spent the early 70's in a series of local bands, "Cathedral" was known to be his first bands. In late 1972, his best friend, spotted an advertisement for a lead guitarist; Frehley auditioned for the trio of Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (bass guitar) and Peter Criss (drums), about three weeks after Frehley auditioned, the new group named him their lead guitarist. By January 1973, the band quickly decided to paint their faces for live performances, and Frehley decided to start painting silver stars on his eyes. When the group eventually decided to adopt stage personas to go with their makeup designs, Frehley became "Space Ace", later the stage persona would be known as "The Spaceman". Along with the three other Kiss members, Frehley released an eponymous solo album in 1978.

Influences: Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

Axology: Gibson Les Paul guitars, Washburn guitars and Marshall amps.


"I never went to music school; I never took a guitar lesson, but everybody in my family plays an instrument. My mother and father both played piano, his father was the church organist, and my brother and sister both played piano and acoustic guitar." - Ace Frehley

"I don't know shit from Shineola, I think that's one of the reasons I'm original." - Ace Frehley

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