Ace Frehley is a musician and songwriter best known as a co-founder and the former lead guitarist of the rock band KISS. Frehley was raised in a musical family, learning to play the guitar at a young age from his family without the aid of lessons or a formal teacher. In 1972, his friend showed him an ad for a lead guitarist. Frehley was interested, and went on to audition for Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss. Three weeks later, he was officially brought into the band who would go on to become KISS. He was known as the “Spaceman” or “Space Ace” while playing with the band from its inception through his departure in 1982, when he ventured out into a solo career. He had commercial success on his own, with his first solo album going platinum. Frehley assembled a band that came to be known as Frehley’s Comet, which also enjoyed success and saw the release of three studio albums. In 1996, he rejoined KISS for a reunion tour and recording of a new album, Psycho Circus. Following the completion of their “Farewell Tour,” he returned to his solo career. Frehley cites Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who as his main influences. He has been ranked by Guitar World Magazine as the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time and is known for his use of special effects guitars.
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