Mirror was born from my meeting with drummer Preston
Nash in 1992. My friend Mike Moscato invited me
to an 'Open Mic' jam that he was going to, and he
was meeting up with this new drummer. Well they
played a few songs and one of them was Strutter.
I was hearing Preston play the song exactly like
the record and I was quite impressed. After they
played, we all went back to my place as Preston
wanted to see some of my Ace collection. We were
checking out my things and talking, when we joked
with the idea of some sort of Kiss tribute band.
Well, Preston suggested that since there were already
a few around, maybe we could do something different.
Since I was a friend of Ace's, and I was already
jamming with some friends in New York with a black
Les Paul Custom, why don't we try an ACE FREHLEY
TRIBUTE? I could pull off a similar look, hell,
I had some of his 'Comet' stage clothes, and we
would concentrate on playing Ace written Kiss material.
The band was born when Preston suggested his friend
Mike Breeden play guitar and my friend Mike play
bass. We originally called ourselves 'Trouble Walkin'
at the first Open Mic we played at, but the next
time decided on 'Fractured Mirror' as we thought
is was more appropriate.
We started playing in a few local clubs, and then
my good friend Richie Ranno asked us to open for
'Strutter' at the 1993 Kiss Convention. Shortly
after that, Mike Breeden left and Mike Moscato moved
to guitar, and Rex
Eisen joined on bass. The following year, Mike left
and T.R. Gwynne joined on guitar, and the lineup
stayed the same until we played our last gig in
1998, back where we started at the Kiss Expo. I
had given Ace some videotapes of these shows, and
he would call me up while he was watching them and
giving me compliments on the band. "If I squint
my eyes it looks like me" he said. One time
my answering machine got one of his comments after
he watched a tape of the band. It was one of the
best compliments anyone that does a tribute could
ever receive......right from the person you are
imitating. We are even in an awesome film called
'Kiss Loves You' filmed by Jim Heneghan. It shows
us at the 1996 Kiss Expo performing our original
song, "Put It Back On" as well as 'Shock
The band was a lot of fun and we got written up
in several Kiss fanzines as well as Ace's 'Rock
Soldiers' fan club magazine. We eventually called
it quits because Preston and Rex had another band
that was signed, and honestly, I just didn't want
to pay tribute to Ace anymore after not speaking
with him for a few years. My musical tastes were
changing. Check out the photos and videos of us
through the years.