ACE FREHLEY’S “SPACE INVADER” DEBUTS AT NUMBER NINE ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART

AceFrehley600 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has made history with his new album, Space Invader, which debuted at number nine on the Top 200 Chart this week. The LP scores the highest charting position of ANY KISS solo album ever, and marks Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 Pyscho Circus reunion album. The album has also sold better in its first week than KISS’ recently released Kiss 40 album. Internationally, Space Invader has debuted number one on the Independent Chart and number sixteen on the Top 200 Chart in Canada, Top 40 in Switzerland and Sweden, and hit a historic benchmark for the first time ever as a solo artist in Germany.

Space Invader, Frehley’s first studio album in five years, has also received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, “Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn’t deserve to wear KISS’ Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman’s first solo LP in five years says otherwise,” while the Associated Press hailed, “…the original KISS lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978.” Paste also confirmed, “Space Invader is a good rock album, and it’s an even better guitar record.”

Frehley stopped by The Tonight Show prior to his album release to sit in with legendary house band The Roots to perform his classic hit New York Groove. Watch it below.

Space Invader features nine brand new original songs, including the first single, Gimme a Feelin’, as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic rock staple The Joker. Frehley also tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album art for Space Invader. Kelly created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977).

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over two tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley (1978), went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, New York Groove, from any of the legendary KISS solo albums. The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You, Beth and Calling Dr. Love even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Ace also released an autobiography titled No Regrets, which debuted at #10 on the NY Times Hardcover Non-Fiction best seller list in November 2011.

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Comments

  1. ziggy stardust says:

    Mike B since you called me out directly, I am a he, and gene never embarssed me in public he is doing a great job of embarrassing himself in public and you are right there are some good songs on monster not all of them the album just sounds forced to me it just don’t flow to me ,and who am I? I’m a nobody That’s My Opinion. and to me the best kiss was 70s kiss
    I don’t hate kiss I just don’t like how they shunned Ace and Peter without those two there would be no kiss . Space invader is a rock and roll master piece

    • Ace's AA sponsor says:

      Rock and Roll master piece? Lol right up there with Led Zeppelin IV guess, huh. Oh silly misguided one.

    • Hi Ziggy!
      Okay, no offense about the he/she thing, I was merely not sure because the Ziggy Stardust character was, I believe, ambiguous in regard to being a he or she. Make sense?
      I agree Gene is making a mess of things with some of his statements but you have to remember how hard it is to control the media. Gene’s messages have been very specific and often taken out of context. Staten Island Clown aka Shannon knows this and makes a good argument of the fact that Gene’s comments were, though thoughtless and the choice of words stupid, also taken out of context.
      Monster did not sound forced to me at all. I think this idea that it was forced is based on Paul Stanley’s statements that “democracy is overrated” during the recording process and he was kidding. To me, its just a killer record like Creatures or Revenge.
      You are not a nobody–obviously you are somebody with an opinion. I agree the best time for Kiss was the 70’s, but since you cant go back to the 70’s, you can accept the current lineup or reject them–I am not trying to take away your right to dislike something as Professor schocomon implied, but this is about Kiss right? Can we have a heated debate here? Is that okay? Its better than everyone just agreeing with each other, right?
      Paul and Gene may be jaded by their experiences with Ace and Peter, but I don’t think they are needlessly lobbing insults at them. Do your homework. I have read each of the biographies and I think I have a good grasp of (at least what’s available) facts pertaining to Kiss, Ace, and Peter. I am a fan of Ace’s, Peter’s, and the current Kiss lineup. I have had ALL of their albums–even Let Me Rock You! Even Out of Control. I love the Space Invader album and am not interested in comparing it to Monster. Both albums are great and that’s my opinion. You can call Space Invader a masterpiece, but if its a masterpiece, Monster is one of the best Rock albums of all time.
      My intention was not to call you out directly as if to challenge you as a person, but to challenge what I consider a thoughtless stab at Kiss’s album. Lots of people on this site have commented on Monster and said it sucks. Have you ever heard Animalize??? Holy COW!! When I first heard that, I was super disappointed–almost disillusioned. Over the years it has grown on me. THAT album, to me at least, sounds forced. I know the difference. Monster is a great album. But to each his own.

  2. Space Invader is now charted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart and has moved up to number three on the Top 200 chart. It is so much more rocking than Sonic Boom or Monster, and Ace has finally done away with subjecting us to repetitive and boring pentatonic scales on the guitar. Wish it were the same for Tommy Thayer, but Paul won’t let him expand his playing.

    • Ha ha! Made me look. Not true though. I was HOPING it was at number three on the Billboard 200. I happen to love the album. But why did you say that? Where did you get your information?

    • Todd Fagan says:

      That’s funny, I love how people quote made up facts. Moved up to number 3 ? That’s priceless. Ace had a good week by today’s standards, look for a 90 percent drop off for week 2/ HDD projections.

  3. Ace Frehley Space Invader….i,ve had a few listens and its a fantastic effort from Ace…..i think he can be proud of his efforts… The Joker i dont like…but i never did like that song……probably the Haters worst nightmare is that the Album is so good

  4. Ace was the straw that stirred the Kiss drink, right Reggie? Ace in Scranton….all 213 people be prepared for the N.Y. Groove ’14 train wreck. No Trappah, sales will collapse, it does for everybody week 2 cept Kaie & the Lady. Thayer rips it up, ask Paul.

  5. ziggy stardust says:

    Space Invader is outta this world!!!!

    Has anybody seen GEORGE JETSON? Hhaa hhaa hhaa!!!! ACE is Back

  6. ziggy stardust says:

    Mike B , just for the record im straight I just did the song and a lot of bowie’s early material nothing against anyone or their sexual preference
    With that being said! Im so straight l eat a hot dog from the center out! Cheers

  7. The last time I posted anything on this website regarding a new album, it was in regard to the new Judas Priest album. I wrote that despite being a huge fan, I hated it.

    Now I’ve just listened to Space Invader for the first time…….

    I LOVE IT!!!

    I was able to listen to it from start to finish without skipping any of the tracks, which was something I did with the JP album. The songs Change and Reckless see Ace going back and looking at himself to how things used to be, which I feel is a testament to him for getting to the stage in his life and the turn around he has made to himself.

    The music has a tremendous amount of bite to it. It bites you and doesn’t let go (At least it didn’t with me. Others might disagree but you are allowed too.)

    Obviously, whether it be here on eddietrunk.com or in the world in general, the great Ace v KISS debate is going to happen. In my opinion, and again feel free to disagree, this album has something that KISS now doesn’t have, and it’s not just Ace not being in the band. If you can be mature and grown up about things, take a deep breath, step back and look at it again. Take a listen to the 70s albums, whether it be Destroyer or Love Gun, listen to Sonic Boom or Monster and then listen to Space Invader. I think that it shows how much of a driving force Ace Frehley was to the original music of KISS.

    Some will of course repeat the old stories about how Ace didn’t play this song on this record, or that song on that record. That maybe true (but with all the revised history of KISS that gets peddled who knows?) But remember this: “Who helped to write them?” “Who came up with the riffs?”

    It wasn’t always Paul and Gene.

  8. What I’m saying is hell hath no fury than the one whose album is being scorned. It’s a hell of a thing to have to deal with…Hella liking something and having someone else blast it to hell. Wot the ‘ell? I mean this is a helluva time, what with all of the hellish things going on….: )

  9. ziggy stardust says:

    Your right clown, I miss those days now the punks hide behind computers

  10. Justin Fendelet says:

    Ace best work since 78 and every track is Ace not to sad about him being in kiss his SPACE INVADER cd destroys the 1/2 kiss stuff …..tell all friends to check it out

  11. I am trying to be practical about all the drama that has unfolded of late. I try to look at it this way; Between Sonic Boom, Anomaly, Monster and now Space Invader, we have had A LOT of KISS to enjoy over the past years. So, come on Pete and let’s here that Rocker album that you have been promising so we can add to the cannon. KISS camp, Ace camp, Peter camp…just let’s put this stuff to one side, because we can always argue later, and just give us more tunes. Rock ‘N’ Roll is on the ropes and we need the vanguard to shore the faith up. My 2 cents.

  12. OK. In light of what Gene has said….Hell…just ignore my last comment.

  13. All I have to say is I LOVE IT. I am happy that ACE is getting LONG overdue credit for his talent. After several listens over the last week I will admit there are some less than stellar lyrics,, but the guitar and bass work more than make up for any short fall lyricily. I love the rolling bass in I want to hold you. Just very happy to have some great ACE. and very happy its not been on you tube other than the 3 songs allowed. This CD has done great because the fans have given it a massive push way ahead of its release. Maybe the second week will slump, but it wont go too far down I think. I just wish the bill board site was a bit easier to find the navigation on. Why not just post the category in a nice easy list and not all the BS? I cant find anything on the web page when I try.

  14. Jason McClellan says:

    I have been having an ongoing debate with the website Three Sides Of The Coin. I asserted the same proposition as Eddie that Ace Frehley is overwhelmingly the most popular member of KISS. They demanded facts so I mentioned the top 10 debute of SI, the highest debut of any KISS member in Kisstory. They balked and said that just because it sold 19K doesn’t prove my point since the current KISS played to over 600K people. I said that’s a straw man argument i.e. comparing apples to oranges. I mentioned that his 78 solo album sold the most and was the only 78 solo album to spawn a top 20 hit. They had no counter. I mentioned his mass influence in the world of music. Inspiring millions to start playing guitar like Dimebag. I mentioned the Reunion tour which is the highest grossing KISS tour of all time grossing over $140 million dollars. They countered with not all the reunion dates were sold out and how the Psycho Circus tour had to be cut short which I think doesn’t disprove anything. Am I wrong? Thoughts? Is Ace the most popular member of KISS?

    • You are not going to win with these guys. I can’t even listen to/watch their stuff anymore. They down grade, then take others to task for doing the same thing. There are other pod casts that I enjoy that are more even handed with both praise and critique. I tend to stick with those. In so far as the meat of your ongoing debate; YES. you make very valid points. That always sticks in the craw of people who are dogmatic about their positions. And if I personally had the chance to meet any member of the band it would be Ace, followed closely by Peter. If you check the post that I basically redacted; who would want to speak to either off the other two. Other than 3soc.

  15. Sonic Boom and Monster have been delusive at best when I listened to them. Space Invader, I just can’t stop loving it. :)

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