Ace or Spaceman as he is known more popularly was one of the original members of famed rock band Kiss.
Known for a completely original style and an influential musician who popularized the usage of special effects on guitars during stage shows such as one that had emitted smoke and another which shot rockets.
Other than being a part of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, Ace has had a successful career as a solo artist as well. Here we break down his career and discuss his wealth.
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Ace Frehley Net Worth and Overview
|Net Worth:||$1 million|
|Date of Birth:||April 27th, 1951|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Musician and Songwriter|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Last Updated:||February 2021|
Paul Daniel Frehley or Ace Frehley as he is most popularly known was born on April 27th, 1951 Bronx, New York. He is the youngest of three, having a sister and brother.
He was raised in a Christian family and discovered the joys of music when he sang in the choir, his father was a church organist and his mother played the piano, his siblings could also play the guitar along with the piano.
He was surrounded by music as a child. He remembers getting his first electric guitar on Christmas when he was 13.
Frehley was expelled from two different high schools and even dropped out of a third one and was in a street gang called the “Duckies” at one point, he recalls being arrested a few times and getting into dangerous situations and claims that music saved him from a grim fate.
His nickname, “Ace” came from high school where his friends called him that because of how he could get dates.
Frehley was in several bands as a youth and even dropped out of high school when one of his bands, “Cathedral” started getting paid for shows, however he went back and finished high school at his parents and girlfriend’s insistence.
Ace joined Kiss in 1972 and helped in making its iconic logo. Soon after, they decided on painting their faces during stage performances and adopted various stage personas.
Ace painted silver stars on his eyes and became the Space Ace, later being called Spaceman, the idea coming from Ace’s longtime fascination with sci-fi, space travel, and astronomy.
During the band’s infancy, Frehley worked as a part-time cab driver to make ends meet but quit after being given a salary then band manager Bill Aucoin.
During his time with Kiss, Ace was credited with writing many songs on the various albums produced by Kiss, most notably “Cold Gin”, from the band’s self-titled debut album. This made him one of the most popular guitarists of the 70s.
In 1978 he, along with other Kiss members released a self-titled album. It was the highest selling of the bunch and its only single “New York Groove” peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Even though his songwriting prescience grew in Kiss in 1979, he left the band in 1982 after having creative differences with lead singer Gene Simmons.
He later rejoined in 1996 for a reunion tour and to record a few more songs before finally leaving in 2001 after a farewell tour.
Outside of his time with Kiss, Ace Frehley is a successful solo artist. After first leaving the band in 1982 he started a band which would alternate between names “Frahley’s Comet” and “Ace Frehley” and would release its first album, “Frahley’s Comet”.
The album was commercially successful and had positive reviews, with “Into the Night” a cover of a Russ Ballard song peaking at number 27 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and “Rock Soldiers” had a moderate play on MTV.
Despite the positive reception the band struggled commercially, even after releasing second album, “Second Sighting” and later on after dropping the “Frahley’s Comet” name released “Trouble Walkin’” the band’s financial decline continued.
2009 marked the resurgence of Ace Frehley with the release of “Anomaly”.
His new music consists of originals, cover versions of songs from his era, and songs that didn’t make it on Kiss albums. At the time, it debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200 charts.
The next release came in 2014 with “Space Invader” and this one debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200, doing something that no other Kiss member had in their own solo outings.
After that he released the cover album “Origins Vol. 1” in summer 2016, it had several songs that he’d written but not sung, such as “Cold Gin” and “Parasite”.
Next came “Spaceman” in 2018, an album which features Gene Simmons, his former bandmate, his latest album, “Origins Vol. 2” the sequel to his earlier cover album in summer 2020.
Highlights and Achievements
Wrote an autobiography that was number 10 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Age, Height, and Weight
Ace Frehley is about 69 years old, 6’1(1.8m) tall and weighs about 82kgs.
Ace married his girlfriend in 1976 and had a daughter, Monique who is 19. He later married Racheal Gordon who he met in 2008.
During his time with Kiss, Ace struggled a lot with alcohol and addiction and even got into many car accidents. After what he got, according to him, a life-changing phone call in 2006 has been sober ever since.
Ace Frehley has clashed with former bandmate Gene Simmons over certain comments he’d made about Ace and the circumstances of him leaving the band on various occasions.
Ace Frehley Net Worth in 2021
Ace Frehley, Spaceman or Space Ace has been in one of the most popular bands of all time, Kiss. He has a style of music that is completely original to him and is worth about $1 million.