Frehley in 2011
|Birth name||Paul Daniel Frehley|
|Also known as||“Spaceman” or “Space Ace”|
April 27, 1951 |
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Labels||Casablanca, Mercury, Megaforce, Bronx Born|
|Associated acts||Cathedral, Molimo, Kiss, Frehley’s Comet, Ace Frehley Band|
|Gibson Les Paul|
One thing I love to do is produce. I've produced a couple of bands. I mean, nothing ever really happened with 'em, but I enjoy getting a young band into the studio and guiding them, and making them feel at ease.
By the time I'm 40, interplanetary travel will be common. Nobody will want to talk to me at that age, anyway.
I had a feeling it was gonna work out because not only did I enjoy the music and hit it off with the guys, but I was into theatrical rock and was willing to wear makeup and do anything to make it.
When you take a shower in space, you have to press the water onto your body to clean yourself, and then you gotta vacuum it off.
It's always good to walk in a room and know everybody kind of looks up to you because I guess I've earned it.
I'll get up there and I'll do my guitar solos in one of those space outfits.
I'm still shocked when people say, 'You haven't done a studio record in 20 years.' I try to make excuses for it, but the truth is I just wasn't with it.
I went to my friend's house one day, and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp. I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord, and I said, I'm in love.
My life has been a roller coaster ride, but somehow I've always been able to land on my feet and still play the guitar.
I've learned a lot of tricks from working with a lot of great producers over the years, and I think I should write a book about it!
Every time Paul and Gene use my makeup, they have to pay me a royalty check. I think they changed the makeup so they didn't have to pay me.
The guys in my band are good friends on and off the stage. The band members that I have now is probably the best band that I have ever had.
Whenever I start to really think about what I'm playing, I may play it better musically, but the feeling isn't there.
I've recorded 25 or 30 albums. I know that sometimes when you work with producers who are kinda dictators, it doesn't help you make a better record.
I don't like to practice; I like spontaneity. When I don't play guitar for a week and I pick it up again, I play better.
I don't see this planet being… they're talking about how they're turning around the environmental problems here, but I think it's already too late.
I think most of the people, once you see a Kiss show, you kinda get spoiled because I don't think there's anybody out there that's doing a bigger or a better show than us.
I'm the kinda person, you gotta fight for everything you get. You gotta believe in yourself.
I've been around a long time, so I guess I've touched a lot of people's lives – hopefully for the better.
I'm not here to perform. I'm here to sign autographs. You have to wait till I come back with my own hand.
I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet.
I think the fans really wanna hear the songs the way they sound on the record.
I knew I was destined to do a solo album, but when I did that first album in 1978, I had no idea it was going to be that well received.
It's always great playing with other musicians. It's also a great situation where I'm the older guy, I've influenced generations of guitar players.
I knew I was destined to be a rock star. I just knew it, like I've always had the power of foresight. I feel right now exactly the way I felt after I finished mixing my first solo album 'New York Groove'.
For me it's about the music, and it always has been. Maybe for some other people it's more about money.
I asked my daughter when she was 16, What's the buzz on the street with the kids? She's going, to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren't into Kiss. But they've all been told that it's the greatest show on Earth.
I loved playing the guitar and I knew I was pretty good at it, so that's what I wanted to do with my life.
As long as I know what key the solo is in, I try to kind of empty my mind and not think about anything. I just play without thinking.
That's what Kiss is all about – not just music, but entertainment, y'know? We're there to take you away from your problems, and rock and roll all night and party every day for those two hours you're at the concert.
People, y'know, they either love us or they hate us; there's no middle ground.
I can't even read notes. But I can teach someone how to make a guitar smoke.
I've started working on a new album, I'm writing a new book… there are a lot of good things on the horizon.
I believe that the only way that the human race is gonna survive is to start colonizing space and setting up colonies on the moon, and then space stations.
I just didn't expect an acoustic version of Rock'n'Roll All Nite.
Finding a good band is Iike finding a good wife. You got to keep trying till you find the right one.
I have a lot of diehard fans. Ace Frehley fans and Kiss fans are the greatest fans in the world.