Kiss’ Ace Frehley Said He Made This Rolling Stones Song ‘Something Special’

Kiss‘ Ace Frehley is a big fan of The Rolling Stones. During the 1970s, Kiss covered a classic Rolling Stones song. Frehley said he turned the song into “something special” by changing it. He also credits the music of The Rolling Stones and other British Invasion bands for preventing him from joining a gang.

Kiss' Ace Frehley with a guitar
Ace Frehley of Kiss | Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Ace Frehley said The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and other classic bands saved his life

In his book No Regrets, Frehley said he became fascinated with the British Invasion. The Rolling Stones and The Beatles were his favorite groups from that scene. He figured out how to play their songs on his brother’s acoustic guitar.

Frehley’s love of the British Invasion inspired him to grow his hair long. He said the music of those bands inspired him to embrace music instead of becoming a member of a gang. He credited this music with saving his life.

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger with a microphone
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Why Ace Frehley wanted Kiss to cover a classic song from the 1960s

The Rolling Stones impacted Frehley again when Kiss covered a Rolling Stones song for the album Dynasty. “My buddy Chris Cassone, the in-house engineer at North Lake Sound Studio, came up with the idea for me to cover the Rolling Stones song ‘2000 Man,'” Frehley recalled. “On first listen, it didn’t really sound like a Kiss song, but I made short work of that. It was the title that originally caught my attention, and with a major overhaul, and slight rearrangement, I changed it into something special.”

Frehley loved the Rolling Stones album that included “2000 Man.” “I’ve always loved The Rolling Stones, and Their Satanic Majesties Request was a brilliant record,” he said. “From what I can remember, it was their answer to The Beatles’ release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. [Producer Vini Poncia] loved the idea for the remake of ‘2000 Man,’ and it became one of the premier tracks off the record, as well as a signature song for me in concert.” Frehley liked “2000 Man” even though he had mixed feelings about Dynasty.

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The way the world reacted to The Rolling Stones’ ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ and Kiss’ ‘Dynasty’

Neither The Rolling Stones nor Kiss released “2000 Man” as a single. Their Satanic Majesties Satanic Request became a massive hit. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, staying on the chart for 30 weeks. The Official Charts Company reports the album was popular in the United Kingdom as well. There, Their Satanic Majesties Request peaked at No. 3 and lasted on the chart for 13 weeks.

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Dynasty was also successful. The album peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, lasting on the chart for 25 weeks. The Official Charts Company reports Dynasty reached No. 50 in the U.K. and remained on the chart for six weeks. While “2000 Man” was never a single, it remains a classic album track from two different bands.