In an interview with Heavy Magazine, the original lead guitarist of KISS, Ace Frehley talked about the time when the KISS members released solo albums at the same time and how his album outperformed Paul Stanley’s.

As you may know, the former member of KISS, Ace Frehley, has been in a problematic relationship with his ex-bandmates since the time they had an argument about the possible reunion of the band. KISS’ bassist Gene Simmons had also a small dispute with Frehley about the reason for his dismissal from the band.

Back in 1978, while KISS was at its commercial peak, the band members decided to release four solo albums simultaneously. However, among these albums, Ace Frehley’s album was the most successful of the four. Moreover, his version of the Russ Ballard-written ‘New York Groove‘ reached the Top 20 in the United States.

Recently, Ace Frehley joined an interview with Heavy Magazine and presented some statements about the solo albums that each member of KISS released at the same time. During the interview, Frehley stated that although many of the KISS fans were expecting the albums of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons would be the most successful ones, his solo album achieved to ‘surpassed all of them in sales and popularity.’

Here’s what Ace Frehley stated about his unexpected success:

“Probably my first solo album, with ‘New York Groove.’ That was my biggest hit, and I think it was the biggest surprise to all the KISS fans that my album did the best.

Considering I wasn’t the main lead vocalist or the frontman of the band, I think people maybe thought Paul’s or Gene’s album was gonna be number one and number two, but my album actually surpassed all of ’em in sales and popularity.

So I think that was a very defining album for me. Plus, it also made me realize I was more creative away from those guys than with them. Me and Eddie Kramer pretty much did that whole record. Then we got Anton Fig to do the drums.”

Click here to read the entire interview with Ace Frehley.