Ace Frehley’s Post-KISS Work Was Surrounded By A Ton Of Mediocrity, Steve Brown Claims

In a recent discussion with Thomas S. Orwat, Jr. for the Rock Interview Series, Steve Brown shared his views on Ace Frehley’s musical journey post-KISS, highlighting both its highs and lows.

Brown, known for his contributions to Trixter, collaborated closely with Frehley on the latter’s latest album, ‘10,000 Volts,’ released in February 2023. Steve spoke about the process, saying:

“Now, the KISS world and everything, all I’ve said all along is I made this record, I brought in most of the ideas for the songs and stuff like that, but it was — every idea that I brought in was as a KISS fan and as an Ace fan, and my whole thing was, I’ve listened to everything Ace has done since he left KISS. And it’s, again — I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, and I say it with love — there are moments of brilliance, one or two, maybe three great things on some of these records, surrounded by a ton of mediocrity.”

Setting High Standards For Excellence

He then emphasized his desire for excellence throughout the album, explaining:

“So my goal and Ace said this to me the first day we were working, we got done. He said, ‘I wanna make sure every song is great. And that was music to my ears because look. I told him, I said, ‘Listen, brother, I can’t do anything if the whole record is not awesome. We’re doing 11 songs. They’re all gonna be great. Even the cover song and even the instrumental.’ And he was all about it.”

Synergizing For A Musical Evolution

During their work together, Brown aimed to elevate Frehley’s music, as he told Guitar World in January 2024:

“We worked so well together. Once we got going, we knew we were doing something that would take what Ace had done and kick it up a few notches. The solos are killer – but Ace said early on, ‘These songs need to be around three minutes.’ He was right because it left us with a punchy record.”

Former KISS guitarist is set to engage his fans with several live performances, including a headlining slot aboard the Monsters of Rock Cruise, which embarked from Miami on March 2. Following the cruise, Frehley will perform at Sony Hall in New York City on March 28 and will continue with shows along the East Coast and in Illinois through late March, mid-April, and June.

Watch the entire conversation below.