Article by Aaron Sagers June 11, 2020 (denofgeek.com)
• Ace Frehley, the former lead guitarist in the glam rock band, KISS, was interviewed in 2009 with the release of his latest solo album, Anomaly. Wearing the ‘spaceman’ make-up and costume for KISS, it was natural to ask Frehley whether he believed in UFOs or the paranormal. Turns out, he had a lot to say.
• “Well, I’ve seen spaceships and you know, I’ve seen it all,” Frehley said. While he’s always been interested topics such as ancient aliens, and the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, he first saw a ‘cigar-shaped’ UFO from a plane while on tour with KISS. “I see something going across the sky, like super fast, and I’m watching, and it’s going just like this, really fast,” he said. “It stops dead and goes straight up. Now, if you know a plane that can maneuver at that speed and do a tactical maneuver like that, you let me know because I don’t think there’s one made on Earth that can do that.”
• Now, Frehley says he often sees UFOs from his backyard in Westchester, New York. In fact, he believes one landed on his property, and knocked him unconscious. “I woke up the next morning, and I’m laying in my doorway, halfway in the house and halfway out of the house, and then there was like this circular burn on the grass,” said Frehley. “I don’t know, you tell me.”
• Frehley puts the odds at 50:50 that he was abducted because alien beings from another world can wipe one’s memory. Considering the vastness of the universe, Frehley says that people who don’t believe in extraterrestrials are “idiots.”
• “I’ve seen ghosts. I believe in spirits. I believe in past lives…” says Frehley. “I was punched in the face by a ghost.” In 2008, as Frehley was unpacking a suitcase, a ‘force’ struck him. Then he was hit by a book that came from the top of a water cooler. Then he experienced the strange sensation of his hand shaking inexplicably while making tea. “My hand never shakes; I have a steady hand.”
• In 2000, when he first purchased the Westchester home, his daughter and a friend were watching him setting up security cameras on the camera monitor. Suddenly there were strange lights that coincided with his own physical discomfort. His daughter described what she saw to him: “She said, all of a sudden, from the bottom of my feet, it started to glow, and it was coming up my whole body. And by the time it got up to my waist, I don’t know, I didn’t feel right, and I just said I’m out of here. And when I went back in the house, her and her friend, their faces were kind of white.”
• Frehley also claims to receive “downloads” from other ‘forces’ when he writes a song. The notion that information is transmitted into a human has been used to explain the impressive construction of the Egyptian pyramids, and Nikola Tesla who supposedly received his own transmissions. “Sometimes I write songs, and I don’t know where they’re coming from,” said Frehley. “It’s almost like they are being beamed into my head; I’ve had nights where I can’t write the lyrics down as fast as I get them, and it’s like I’m not writing them, and somebody else is giving them to me.”
• Frehley says that it is all interconnected. He believes it even explains his nickname of ‘The Spaceman’ of KISS. “Any person who closes their mind to new ideas is just limiting their view on the world around us.”
• [Editor’s Note] See below a surprisingly disarming 13-minute video interview of Ace Frehley discussing humans colonizing underground population centers on Mars saying “we have the technology”; his UFO sightings; having alien or supernatural assistance when writing songs; spiritual duality; reincarnation; and the planet ‘Jendell’.
For some people, a single incident of seeing a UFO—or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena as the Air Force would now like us to say—can be a paradigm shifting moment. Or simply one experience witnessing something move on its own can lead to a quest to determine one’s belief, or lack thereof, in ghosts.
But when you’re Ace Frehley, The Spaceman formerly of KISS, once is not enough for potentially paranormal phenomena.
Rather, Space Ace claims that not only has he seen multiple objects performing odd maneuvers flying in the sky above his home, but also that a craft of some sort landed in his backyard in Westchester, New York—and that the chances of him encountering an extraterrestrial face-to-face is around “50/50.” Moreover, he said that a ghost punched him in the face, and that another potentially caused his body to shake (and was captured on camera).
And he believes he receives downloads of unknown origins when writing songs.
These are all things Frehley told me in a long interview we connected nearly 11 years ago, in Fall 2009, when I was interviewing him about Anomaly. It was his first studio record in 20 years, since 1989’s Trouble Walkin‘.
As I recall, the interview took place in a recording studio at the Gibson Guitar offices in New York City. The room was dimly-lit, but the lead guitarist was lounging in a couch, wearing shades and some Egyptian-inspired jewelry—and owning the place in the way you’d hope from a rockstar.
The conversation was a good one as we spoke about his comeback. And while Anomaly marked his return to the studio, it was still an early outing for my work surrounding “paranormal pop culture.” Even though I had been working professionally as a journalist for five years or so, I was still reticent asking celebrities about their paranormal experiences.
So when I tested it out on The Spaceman, I did not expect him to deliver. But boy, did he ever. Before I even got the question out of my mouth about what seemed to me like a connection between alien life and his album, he jumped in: “I’m the kind of guy that says nothing’s impossible, you know? Well, I’ve seen spaceships and you know, I’ve seen it all.”
12:56 video of Ace Frehley discussing Mars colonies, UFOs, and spirituality (‘Little Punk People’ YouTube)
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