Ace Frehley invented the persona of the “Spaceman” or “Space Ace” and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982.Although Frehley appeared on the covers for 1982’s greatest hits album Killers and studio album Creatures of the Night, he had no involvement with Killers, and minimal (no musical) input on Creatures of the Night. In December 1982, Kiss began the Creatures of the Night tour without Frehley: He was replaced by Vinnie Vincent. After the Lick It Up Tour ended in March 1984, Vincent was terminated from the band, and replaced by Mark St. John. St, John played on the “Animalize” album, but developed arthritis (Reiter’s Syndrome), which caused his hands and arms to swell. He was all but unable to perform live as a member of Kiss, and only played two full shows and one partial show during the Animalize tour, with Bruce Kulick playing the rest. St. John was officially replaced by Bruce Kulick on December 8, 1984. Kulick was a long-time member of the band Kiss (1984-1996). When Ace Frehley again left Kiss (in 2002, after the Kiss Farewell Tour), Kulick was not asked to rejoin, as Simmons and Stanley thought that Tommy Thayer (former Black ‘n Blue guitarist and Kiss tour manager) could capture/copy Frehley’s persona better than Kulick. Thayer became the lead guitarist for Kiss in 2002 and is currently still in that role.
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