Frehley left KISS in ’83, he went off to form his own solo band, known as Ace Frehley or Frehley’s Comet. Frehley’s
Comet, his first release, did pretty well, debuting at #42 on the Billboard Chart and going Gold. However, the band began
to sag and eventually disappeared.
Frehley's Comet was essentially former Kiss guitarist
Ace Frehley's late-'80s/mid-'90s solo project -- with a revolving door of members, Frehley was the only constant
member. The seeds for Frehley's solo project were planted with the success of his 1978 solo album (all four Kiss
members issued solo albums simultaneously), with Frehley's being the best of the bunch, and the only one to spawn a
hit single, "New York Groove." With his growing unhappiness with the unfocused direction Kiss was headed in
by the early '80s, Frehley officially left the group in 1982. But Frehley was slow to get his solo career up
and running, playing only a handful of East Coast dates in late 1984 that resulted in a failed recording contract with the
Bronze label (the company went out of business shortly after Frehley signed on).
Frehley was eventually signed to Megaforce Records,
forming Frehley's Comet along with guitarist/vocalist Todd Howarth (replacing original member Richie Scarlet),
bassist John Regan, and drummer Anton Fig. The quartet issued its well-received self-titled debut in 1987, nearly
hitting the Top 40 as longtime Kiss fans welcomed back the MIA guitarist. 1988 saw a pair of releases from the group,
the five-track EP Live +1 and their full-length sophomore effort, Second Sighting, as Fig returned to
his regular drum job (as part of the house band on Late Night With David Letterman) and was replaced by ex-Eric
Clapton skinsman Jamie Oldaker. The album was an obvious attempt to zero in on the then-burgeoning pop metal
movement (Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, etc.), but proved to be a disappointment both musically and commercially
-- not even an opening spot on a summer-long tour with Iron Maiden could resuscitate sales.
However, 1989 saw Frehley return strong with Trouble Walking,
produced by the same gentleman who manned the boards on his 1978 Kiss solo album and Frehley's Comet, Eddie
Kramer. The album faired better than its predecessor (a remake of ELO's "Do Ya" even enjoyed some airtime
on MTV), and signaled the return of original Frehley's Comet guitarist Richie Scarlet, but failed to
replicate the success of Frehley's previous masked band. Now completely a solo vehicle for Frehley with little
input from its other members, Frehley's Comet called it a day shortly thereafter, as Frehley and Scarlet
would tour together throughout the remainder of the decade, until Frehley re-joined Kiss for their successful
reunion tour in 1996 and beyond. The late '90s saw the release of two Frehley's Comet compilations, 12 Picks
and Loaded Deck, both of which contained highlights and previously unreleased material. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide
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