Ace Frehley Breaks Down His New Album, 'Spaceman'

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“I’ve always been a ‘fly by the seat of his pants’ kinda guy,” Ace Frehley says, emitting one of his trademark cackles. “I never sit at home for hours trying to figure out a solo, you know? I like to do things spontaneously and without a lot of preparation. They come out more natural and sincere that way.”

Whatever it is Frehley is — or, as it were, isn’t — doing these days, it seems to be working for him, musically speaking. Since 2009 he’s been having something of a late-career renaissance, receiving induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Kiss and releasing four very well-received studio albums, including his brand-new release, Spaceman.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.