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Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley (born April 27, 1951, in Bronx, New York) is an American musician, best known as "Space Ace", the lead guitarist of the rock band KISS. He played Space Ace in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.

Biography

Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley received his first electric guitar at age 14. A creative and gifted teenager, he counts The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin as early influences on his musical tastes.

Frehley answered a newspaper ad in early 1973 for a then-unnamed group seeking a lead guitarist with "flash and balls", and successfully auditioned in front of bassist Gene Simmons and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, to become the fourth member of what would become KISS. Soon after, the group was joined by drummer Peter Criss and the four set about launching themselves. After mediocre success from their first three albums, Kiss Alive (a double live album) was released in 1975, and the rocket ride had begun! KISS were very successful from 1975 until 1979; however, cracks appeared in the band and Criss left the group in 1980, followed by Frehley in 1982.

Frehley put together his own band, Frehleys Comet, and they regularly toured the New York City club circuit and released several albums, mostly purchased by KISS fans still loyal to Ace! However, after several years of icy relations between ex-members Frehley/Criss and band founders Simmons/Stanley, all four original members reunited for a 1995 MTV Unplugged Special that was met with huge interest. This prompted a full-blown reunion tour (Kiss - Alive Worldwide) that was the biggest grossing tour of 1996/97! Met with such keen enthusiasm from fans, the band toured relentlessly into the new century, however, Peter Criss was not satisfied with his salary, and was replaced by drummer Eric Singer in 2001. Frehley stuck around another year or so, however, the old issues of Ace's unreliability caught up with him once again, and he once more exited the band, to be replaced by Tommy Thayer.

Most recently, Frehley had a small part in the gangster film Remedy (2005).

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