Ace Frehley is an American musician best known as the former lead guitarist
and founding member of the rock band KISS
He took on the persona of the "Spaceman" or "Space Ace",
and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving KISS,
Frehley embarked on a solo career.
Paul Daniel Frehley
Also known as
"Spaceman" or "Space Ace"
April 27, 1951 (age
The Bronx, New York, United States
Hard rock, heavy metal
Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who
Gibson Les Paul
After the band decided to paint their faces for live performances, Frehley decided to start painting
silver stars on his eyes.
When the group eventually decided to adopt a stage persona to go with their makeup designs.
Frehley became "Space Ace". Later the stage persona would be known as "The Spaceman."
Did You Know
• Frehley designed the band's double-lightning-bolt logo
Ace Frehley Quotes
"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."
"I'm an anomaly, I'm an un-schooled musician, I don't know how to read music, but I'm one of the most famous
guitar players in the world, so go figure."
"I play guitar in such an unorthodox way. I've never taken a guitar lesson. One of our assistants brought
it to my attention a few months ago that, sometimes, when I play chords, my thumb is on the fretted side of
the neck. I have no idea why or how I do it, but I do."