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Except for the fact that he was born in outer space, as a kid, Ace Frehley was just like you and me.
Of course—and this is where he’s different from most of us—Frehley’s curiosity would soon spur him into using his talent, drive and charisma to become one of the most influential and beloved guitar players in rock history.
Frehley’s work as a songwriter and lead guitarist for Kiss helped turn the band into one of rock’s hottest phenomena, with a string of hit albums and sold-out shows rarely matched in rock history. His acclaimed smash-hit, self-titled solo album demonstrated that he could comfortably stand in the spotlight alone and his distinguished post-Kiss career has proven that to be true.
Over the past couple of decades, a parade of guitar heroes from newer generations have testified to the influence Frehley had on their own work, including: Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Slash, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and the late Pantera legend, Dimebag Darrell. Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes even sports a certain famous lightning-bolt guitar strap on stage.
More importantly, Frehley has remained a true individual, ignoring the trend-chasing, reality show nonsense and profit-maximizing traps many of his peers have fallen into. He’s operated on his own unique, comet-like timetable, releasing acclaimed solo albums such as 1989’s Trouble Walkin’, 2009’s Anomaly and 2014’s Space Invader only when sufficient inspiration struck.
Now, fresh off the critical- and fan praise for Space Invader and its supporting tour, a clearly energized Frehley has returned to Earth orbit with a new record entitled Origins Vol. 1. The album pays tribute to Hendrix and the other legendary artists who inspired Frehley to begin his own musical journey.
“I’m really thrilled with the whole thing,” he says, who also hints a second Origins volume could be headed our way sometime in the future. “I’m excited about it, and I think there’s a song on here for everyone.”