Frehley's Comet

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Frehley's Comet
Also known as Ace Frehley
Origin New York City
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal[1]
Years active 1984–1988
Labels Megaforce, Atlantic
Associated acts KISS
Past members Ace Frehley
John Regan
Anton Fig
Richie Scarlet
Arthur Stead
Tod Howarth
Billy Ward
Jamie Oldaker

Frehley's Comet was an American rock band formed and led by ex-KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley. The group released two studio albums and one live EP before Frehley left the band to release his 1989 solo album, Trouble Walkin'.

Background[edit]

Before forming a band for his post-KISS career, Frehley had previously done a solo album in 1978 which was the most successful of the Kiss Solo albums and laid the groundwork for Frehleys Solo career. Frehley left Kiss in 1982 Frehley's but retained a one quarter Share in Kiss and could not release any solo projects until 1985 without losing that share. During this Time Ace put together a band for his solo work, the original lineup consisted of Richie Scarlet on guitar, Will Lee on bass, and Anton Fig on drums. However before they made their initial record, Scarlet was replaced by Tod Howarth who played guitar and keyboards. Frehley's Comet was supposed to just be the name of the Album, but Ace decided to use that as the name of the band rather than it just be a Ace Frehley Solo Album. For the second Album Second Sighting Fig was replaced on drums by Jamie Oldaker Two studio albums and 1 live album were released with the "Frehley's Comet" name. (The live album Live+1 had 4 songs performed live in concert and one original studio song.)

In 1989, for Trouble Walkin' his third Studio release, Frehley Dropped the Frehley's Comet name and put out a pure "Ace Frehley" Solo Album. Tod Howarth was replaced by a returning Richie Scarlet, and Jamie Oldaker by ex-Riot drummer Sandy Slavin (although Anton Fig and Ex-Kiss Drummer Peter Criss did perform some of the percussion work on the album.) The album featured numerous guest vocalists including Criss and Sebastian Bach. The band continued until 1995, with Richie Scarlet remaining throughout, and John Regan departing in 1992. Ace Frehley put his solo career on hold to rejoin KISS in 1996. He has since resumed his solo career with Richie Scarlet back in his touring band.

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, lead vocals (1984-1988)
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals (1984-1988)
  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion (1984-1987)
  • Tod Howarth – rhythm guitar, keyboards, piano, lead vocals (1986-1988)
  • Richie Scarlet – rhythm guitar, vocals (1984-1985)
  • Arthur Stead – keyboards (1984-1985)
  • Billy Ward – drums, percussion (1987-1988)
  • Jamie Oldaker – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1988)

Lineups[edit]

1984 1984–1985 1985 1985–1986
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Richie Scarlet – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Richie Scarlet – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Arthur Stead – keyboards
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Richie Scarlet – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ace Frehley – guitars, lead vocals
  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals
1986–1987 1987–1988 1988
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Tod Howarth – rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Tod Howarth – rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards
  • Billy Ward – drums, percussion
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • John Regan – bass guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Tod Howarth – rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards
  • Jamie Oldaker – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Date of Release Title Billboard
July 7, 1987 Frehley's Comet 40
May 24, 1988 Second Sighting 81

Live albums/EPs[edit]

Date of Release Title Billboard
February 1988 Live+1 84

Filmography[edit]

  • Live+4 (1988) (VHS) [2]

References[edit]

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