ACE FREHLEY Looks Back On KISS - "When PETER CRISS Left, I Realized I Had Lost All My Power In The Band"

February 24, 2024, a month ago

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ACE FREHLEY Looks Back On KISS - "When PETER CRISS Left, I Realized I Had Lost All My Power In The Band"

Guesting on The Rock Experience With Mike Brunn, originaly KISS guitarist Ace Frehley discussed his new album, 10,000 Volts, and looked back on the beginning of the end for him with KISS.

"Once Peter (Criss / drums) left the band, Paul (Stanley ( vocals, guitar) and Gene (Simmons / bass, vocals) always overrode my point of view. "When Peter left, I realized I had lost all my power in the band because pretty much Paul and Gene are workaholics and like to do things their way. So, if I don't like the way something is happening, I get outvoted. I was dead set against (doing) The Elder (1981); I didn't think it was the right album for the right time. It's not a bad record. I don't think our fans were expecting a record like that, and I kept telling him during the recording process, I said, 'I think it's a big mistake.' And, of course, it bombed. Because I'm the kind of guy that has this feeling of... I'm a street kid, and I have a sense of what kids wanna hear. And that's why I think this new album is gonna be successful."

Frehley has released his new album, 10,000 Volts. Listen to the album here.

Rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal simply wouldn’t sound, look, or feel the same without Ace Frehley. Among hundreds of accolades, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him in 2014 as a co-founder and the original lead guitarist of KISS. Guitar World named him in the Top 15 of its “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time” and plugged the lead from “Shock Me” on the “50 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.” Magnifying the imprint of his catalog as a solo artist, Foo Fighters cut a fan favorite cover of “Ozone,” and he even jammed out “New York Groove” alongside The Roots on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera proudly sported a tattoo of Frehley on his chest, while Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine celebrated him on X/Twitter as “My first guitar hero.”

10,000 Volts upholds an incredible legacy for Frehley, spanning 50-plus years in the limelight. Back in 1978, he delivered his solo debut, Ace Frehley. It reached platinum status and exploded as “the highest-selling of the four Kiss solo albums in the Soundscan era.” In 1987, he dropped Frehley’s Comet. Following Anomaly in 2009, he went on to make history once again. His 2014 Space Invader LP captured #9 on the Billboard 200 and emerged as “The only solo album by a past or current Kiss member to reach the Top 10 on the chart.” 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart. He notably maintained his momentum with Spaceman [2018].

Order the new album here.

10,000 Volts tracklisting:

"10,000 Volts"
"Walkin’ On The Moon"
"Cosmic Heart"
"Cherry Medicine"
"Back Into My Arms Again"
"Fightin’ For Life"
"Constantly Cute"
"Life Of A Stranger"
"Up In The Sky"

"Cherry Medicine" video:

"Walkin’ On The Moon" video:

"10,000 Volts" video:

Ace has announced a signing session at Sam Ash Music in New York City on February 24.

Says Frehley, "Pre-order the Sam Ash NYC In-Store Exclusive Bubblegum vinyl variant of my new album 10,000 Volts and you'll get to meet me in person at Sam Ash Music (W34th St. New York, NY) on Saturday Feb 24, 2024."

Further details here.

Upcoming Ace Frehley tour dates are listed below. Traditional VIP Experience packages are available. Visit or scan the code in the poster below.


2-6 - Miami, FL - Monsters Of Rock Cruise
28 - New York, NY - Sony Hall
29 - Woonsocket, RI - Stadium Theatre
30 - Rutland, VT - Paramount Theatre

12 - Rome, NY - Rome Capitol Theatre
13 - Carteret, NJ - Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center

28 - Marion, IL - Marion Cultural & Civic Center

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