Following drug and alcohol-related problems, US guitarist Ace Frehley (b. Paul Daniel Frehley, 27 April 1951, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) left hugely successful hard rock band Kiss in December 1982. After a four-year period of rehabilitation, he began writing again, signing to the Megaforce label in 1987. He had already made tentative steps back at the end of 1984, launching Frehley’s Comet with John Regan (bass), Anton Fig (drums), Richie Scarlet (guitar/vocals) and Arthur Stead (keyboards). The new line-up of the band that began gigging at the end of 1986 featured Frehley, Regan, Fig and Tod Howarth (ex-707; vocals/keyboards/guitar). With an emphasis on Americanized hard rock, with a commercial edge, their self-titled debut album was given a favourable reception from critics and Kiss fans alike. In time, Tod Howarth’s creative input began to change the band’s sound, pushing them in a more lightweight AOR direction. This was clearly illustrated on 1988’s Second Sighting. Frehley, concerned that this new direction might alienate his loyal fanbase, relieved Tod Howarth of vocal duties on Trouble Walkin’ (issued as an Ace Frehley solo album), drafting in original guitarist Richie Scarlet as a replacement. This album was a backward step musically in an attempt to appeal to the same market as Kiss, even employing that band’s drummer, Peter Criss, as guest vocalist and covering Paul Stanley’s (Kiss guitarist) ‘Hide Your Heart’. The rest of the band became frustrated by Frehley’s controlling interest and left halfway through the tour to support the album.
Frehley carried on working with a new band but his career had hit rock bottom before he resurfaced with Kiss on their reunion tour in 1996. He stayed with the band until the start of the new millennium, following which he embarked on an acting career.