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5 Questions with Hall of Famer, Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley 2014 tourAce Frehley’s “crazy year” started with getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of KISS, continued with the release of his biggest solo album of his career and is touring for the first time since 2011.

The guitarist-singer will perform material from his new record “Space Invader” (Entertainment One Music), his five other solo albums and classic KISS tracks 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.

However, this hall of fame year wasn’t without its hiccups, as the April induction of the hard-rocking band known for its makeup and outrageous costumes was marred by a spat over whether KISS’ original quartet would perform together.

Both Frehley, who first exited the band in 1982 and then returned for a six-year stint that ended in 2002, and former drummer Peter Criss wanted to play with co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The latter two would only agree to a set that included its current replacement members.

Although the two factions didn’t get their act together, the original foursome managed to share the stage to accept the honor.

Ahead of his latest A.C. appearance, Frehley talks about his latest musical set, the Hall of Fame reunion that wasn’t to be and whether the original KISS lineup will ever share the stage again.

Q: “Space Invader” is your first solo album to crack the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart and the best-performing solo record of any KISS member. Why do you think it’s clicked with listeners?

A: I’m really happy with the way the new album was received. It took me 10 months to put the album together. My head was in a good place, and I was working in a really relaxed studio. I took my time. When I felt creative, I created. When I didn’t, I just put it down.

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