It could be argued that Ace Frehley was the most influential guitarist of the ’70s. When Kiss hit its commercial peak, there was no rock band more entrenched in the minds of America’s youth. Frehley teamed up with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss to form Kiss in New York City in 1973; they donned outrageous makeup and costumes and assumed comic-book hero personas. Though Criss wore the feline face paint, it’s Frehley who seems to have had nine lives. After leaving Kiss in 1982, Frehley embarked on a solo career, releasing three albums and compiling a laundry list of troubles that included drug and alcohol addiction, bankruptcy and high-speed car chases with the police. The now sober Frehley is set to release Anomaly, his first solo album in two decades. Read our Q&A with him.
Ace Frehley: It’s funny. On my 1989-90 tour, I was sponsored by Zenith Laptop Computers! Anybody remember them? (I found some old promotional posters in my storage and recently threw them up for sale on my website’s merch page.) But I’ve always been a Mac guy. I don’t know how many Mac laptops I’ve bought throughout the years, not to mention the towers I use in my studio. My webmaster, David Souza, works at the main Apple campus south of San Francisco, and I’ve visited him there a few times now. I gotta say, if I wasn’t in the rock ‘n’ roll business, that’s where I’d love to work as a computer graphics guy! Great vibe, great people there.