“I’ve never had a guitar lesson. I was born with a certain technique that many people, namely Tommy Thayer, can’t duplicate”: Kiss guitar icon Ace Frehley on why new album 10,000 Volts is the best he’s ever made – and a wake-up call for his ex-bandmates

Ace Frehley
(Image credit: Jayme Thornton)

Deep within New Jersey’s suburbs, while comfortably sitting on the blue velvet sofa in his home studio – which literally looks like a spaceship – Ace Frehley is waiting. Surrounded by guitars of all shapes and sizes and with a sheepish smile, he cackles, ‘Hey, how long is this gonna take?’

Of course, he’s joking. He knows he’s got a record – 10,000 Volts – to promote, which is coming in hot as its lead single has captivated the imaginations of Kiss fans around the globe.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.