Original KISS guitarist, Ace Frehley, was a guest on June 30th broadcast of Eddie Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation. Highlights from the interview appear below (as transcribed by

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“I called him up and I said, ‘Gene, you wanna write a few songs?’ He says, ‘Sure.’ Because he had come to my show [in February] at the Saban theater in Los Angeles with [Rob Zombie guitarist] John 5 , and that’s when we kind of reconnected and bonded a little. And I just shot him an e-mail and said, ‘C’mon, let’s write some songs together for my new record.’ Next thing you know, he’s down here [at my house in Rancho Santa Fe, California] and within three hours we had written two songs together, which was, like, a record, for me and him…We had a fantastic time. He came down. We ate in the backyard while I was watering my palm trees…”

Discussing how they wrote the new songs:

“[We] just started jamming. We initially each picked up an acoustic guitar. I don’t remember who came up with the beginning of the song. One guy plays one thing and then I play another thing. I think Gene actually came up with more ideas than I did and I just kind of complemented them. And then I started writing lyrics for a songtitle, which I don’t wanna give away yet. And then we kind of took a break and then he started playing this bassline and he said, ‘Ace, play these three chords against it,’ and within thirty minutes we had a second song. I was really pleased, and so was he.”

Talking about how he will start recording his next album, soon:

“After the Fourth of July, we’re gonna go full force. I have a studio now built in the new house here in Rancho Santa Fe. I built a drum room and I upgraded all my equipment. I’ve got, like, a twenty-by-twenty room with a twelve-foot ceiling. So it’s a great control room. And then the drum room is in the garage right next to that room, so we just put a little hole in the wall and threw a snake through the wall. So we’ve got all the mics coming right into all the preamps. It’s working really nicely. Alex Salzman, my engineer, did most of the wiring.”

On possibly working with KISS again:

“I can only be honest with you. It’s something I haven’t pushed and it’s something that Paul and Gene haven’t brought up to me. I’m just gonna let nature take its course. If the fans demand it, it’ll probably get to a point where they’re not gonna be able to say ‘no.’ But I’ve always said: they’ll be fine with what they’re doing and I’ll be fine on my own…So whatever happens, one way or the other, everybody’s gonna be fine. But if by chance Paul and Gene decide to bring me back in the fold and do a world tour, I think that could be great too, if it was handled correctly. But I haven’t been approached, no. Honestly.”

According to Ace, whether or not he ever reunites with KISS will depend largely on the demand from the band’s fans and concert promoters around the world.

“I don’t think Paul and Gene do anything innocently,” he said. “I think there’s a motive behind everything they do, and they’re driven by money — let’s be honest — and they’ll be the first to admit it.”

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  • Doug R. on

    I am a, as Paul Stanley would say, I’m a “Time Traveller!” But I only like to travel back in time, say like, 1977. When KISS was as their best, on top of the world, prime and peak of their career, Destroyer & Rock And Roll Over were still rocking on the charts, and then here comes Love Gun! Touring all over the world, 3 albums on the charts at the same time, and then comes Alive II! Ah what a year ’77 was for KISS, and the KISS Army as well! Great year for Aerosmith and Styx as well, Good Ole American rock and roll! 😉 “All American Man,” – “Rockin’ In The USA!” -Nowhere else I’d rather stay! Happy Independence Day, cheers! 🙂

    • DR Is Live on

      I’ve often thought the 5 tracks at the end of Alive II are so completely disregarded by fans and KISS themselves. All American Man, Rockin in the USA, and especially Rocket Ride are killer. I appreciate they were throw ins for a live record. But damn…

    • genesraccoonwig on

      Side 4 of Alive2 has its moments as a subpar follow-up to Alive
      All American Man is a solid song – hate how it ends
      Larger than Life is killer – those drums!!!
      Rocking in the USA – lame
      Rocket Ride – wish this was Ace’s first Kiss vocal – best song on the side
      Any Way You Want It – lame

      Glad Ace is healthy and making music (“Bring It On Home” remake SMOKES!) and even better he is on good terms with Gene and Paul

      Gene and Paul know Ace is the true star of Kiss – more now than before.

      Oh and by the way…. Tommy Thayer Sucks

  • Rattlehead on

    I love Ace! I think he’s the most genuine of the original four KI$$ members. I think it’s great Ace continues to reconnect with Gene and Paul. I’m hopeful it leads to a reunion.

    Happy 4th of July, everybody! I’ve texted “Happy 4th” greetings to family,, and I included the KI$$ Spirit of 76 picture with the band “rocking ‘ the American flag. I love that picture! As a kid, I proudly displayed that poster on my bedroom wall! And if my wife allowed me to, I’d still display it on the wall!

  • shannon mehaffey on

    They had gotten so much better on their instruments, guest player notwithstanding….the production fully captures Kiss’s essence, much better than Creatures…..they never sounded better in the studio…also love how the songs all end as if played live.

  • Rocketride72 on

    totally agree on side 4. That sound and vibe would have made for a nice full album coming off the success of Alive II.

  • RTunes68 on

    Good for Ace. He seems to have a healthier perspective on the reality of the situation than many KISS fans do…

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