|Welcome to my ACE ARCHIVES! Let
me tell you a little about myself...
discovered KISS about the time Destroyer had come
out. My friends played me their records and I became
a big fan, fast forward to 1990 I met Ace Frehley.
Yes, it was very cool to meet the man himself! We
hit it right off and it was then that I began to
collect and hunt down any rare or unique items on
Ace that I could find. As our friendship grew, he
gave me many one of a kind items for my collection.
I am a guitar tech for a living, and it wasn't long
until I was repairing and modifying Ace's guitars
and amps because he wanted to see what I could do.
Many times I would trade my luthiery (fancy term
for guitar tech) services in exchange for some of
his privately owned memorabilia. Yes, I was smart
in knowing that these were pieces of history –
and that someone should archive them!
During that time my collection grew at an amazing
rate and I would display some of my favorite pieces
at the New York KISS Expos. 1992 was the first time
I unveiled the "Archives" display and
Ace, himself an attendee, was proud to see it. I
just wish someone had a camera handy at that moment!
I also fronted an Ace tribute band called 'Fractured
Mirror' and we played at those conventions as
well as clubs in the tri-state area and made it
into a film called "Kiss Loves You". However,
in 1995 when Ace rejoined Kiss, I was just out of
the loop for the “Unplugged” show. I
went on to fall out of touch with Ace entirely.
But the fan who met Ace in ’90 is still a
(albeit less rabid) fan today and keeper of the
Most of my memorabilia is no longer in my collection
as I now collect other artists, but I still have
some sentimental items. Ace's star earring that
he wore on the cover of the first KISS album and
at many early KISS gigs, the all aluminum "Veleno"
guitar he played on stage during the "Alive"
era, as well as some stage clothing from his solo
years that he gave to me. While I am still a Kiss
fan and still love the original band, I have moved
on to collecting and enjoying the music of other
artists like Elvis, (who we have a whole room dedicated
to), Johnny Cash (I have one of his suits), Blue
Cheer, (who are good friends of mine), and the Finnish
band HIM (who I've met and photographed, and are
awesome in concert), among others.
Mixed in with my guitar work schedule and other
projects, I finally finished working on a 128 page
color photo book showing off my collection of images
and memorabilia titled: "Ace
Frehley The Ultimate Fan Scrapbook". It
has been a project "In the works" for
many years and I can't believe it is finally finished!
I know there are a lot of fans of his out there
that know Ace is a part of rock history, and want
to see a positive book about him. Well I've self
published this book, out of the belief that there
are a lot of fans out there that want to see great
concert photos, documents, memorabilia, song lyrics,
and unique items that only I had access to. A chronological
passage of time in Ace's life from the early KISS
days up until the KISS "reunion", and
a tribute to the man in pictures. What really made
it worth the work was seeing Ace in Oct. 2008 and
giving him a copy and having him say "Thank
This website is all for you, the fans. Check out
'The Archive' and watch the videos, read the stories,
hang out and have fun. Just think, I had to store
all of it!'