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“Behind The Player” by Ace Frehley

Artist: Ace Frehley
Title: “Behind The Player”
Label: Red Distribution
Release Date: 1/19/2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Fans of the Space Ace will definitely love what is going on with this “Behind The Player” DVD by Interactive Music Video because it gives you an inside look into the playing and thought processes of the one and only Ace Frehley. This is one “episode” so to speak of a multi-volume set of similar releases and as I watched it, I was reminded of the drum instruction videos I used to love when I was actively pursuing music many years ago. The video begins with Ace Frehley sitting in a rehearsal studio and lining out his humble beginnings as a musician and how he eventually landed the gig in KISS. He brings up his original departure from the lineup and talked about his solo years before he once again donned the signature face paint and embarked on the reunion tour to end all reunion tours. We even learn why he decided to move on from the band once again and he briefly touches upon his addictions and proudly informs the home viewer of his sobriety which at the time of the filming had reached three years. There was not too much in this part of the film that I didn’t know already as a lifelong KISS fan, but it is great to hear it from Ace as opposed to Gene and Paul who always seem to hog the screen time when such disclosure is happening. One of the main parts I found of interest was Ace describing how he first came up with the smoking guitar idea and then the lighted ones and rocket launching ones. Viewers should be aware that stuff like this was not done in concert until Ace came up with it for the KISS shows. That’s pretty wild when you think about it.
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