Friday, May 23

Music Archives: 70's Rock - New York Groove by Ace Frehley (KISS)


Ace Frehley is best known as the original lead guitarist of the hard rock/heavy metal band Kiss. He joined Kiss in late 1973. Frehley walked into the auditions for the lead guitarist position, wearing one red shoe and one orange shoe. As the band was still talking to Bob Kulick, the previous person to audition, Frehley started playing his guitar to warm up his fingers. Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons threatened to throw him out, then noticed his mismatched shoes, and decided to give him a chance to audition. When the band played "Deuce" and Frehley whipped out an impressive guitar solo, Stanley and Simmons realized that they had found their guitarist. Thus, the original Kiss lineup was finally completed.
When Kiss decided to start wearing makeup on stage, Frehley became the spaceman because he was fascinated with science fiction and space travel.
His solo album in 1978 (pictured) quickly became the best-selling of the four members' solo albums. The most popular song was "New York Groove". Frehley left Kiss in 1982 for a solo career.
I recently saw an episode of, Entourage (HBO), that played New York Groove during the closing credits. Can you tell me which episode? Is it Episode 52, right?

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