Ace Frehley refused to go into that good night in the '80s
As we wrap up a week of good AOR rock, we finish with the Spaceman and go Into The Night with Ace Frehley.
Even though his tenure with Kiss only lasted from 1974 to 1980, Frehley is still Kiss' most remembered lead guitarist as his Spaceman persona and contribution to Kiss songs like Shock Me and Rocket Ride cemented Frehley in rock history. It took until 1987 for Frehley to release his first solo album after departing Kiss and Frehley's Comet was a modest hit and included the single Into The Night that peaked at No. 27 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. The song was penned by hit-maker Russ Ballard, who also wrote Frehley's 1978 smash New York Groove that was Frehley's only Top 40 hit and is the only Top 40 hit by a member of Kiss outside of the band.
Filmed in San Francisco, the backdrop story for the video for Into The Night is about the homeless and street people with those down on their luck getting a glimpse of their good days of the past by peering into the reflection of Frehley's limousine. While listed as Ace Frehley on the release, Frehley later altered the name of his band to Frehley's Comet and featured Anton Fig on drums, who at the same time was member of David Letterman's World's Most Dangerous Band with Paul Schaffer - a gig he kept for an astounding 29 years.
Frehley kissed and made up with Paul and Gene in the '90s and rejoined Kiss for the MTV Unplugged album and Psycho Circus before things eventually went south again. On April 15th, Frehley is set to release a covers album entitled Origins Volume 1 that includes versions of mostly '60s/70s hard rock classics and obscurities.