Greg Prato for Ultimate Guitar, recently spoke with guitarist Ace Frehley, and asked him if he owned the rights to his “Spaceman” image and/or makeup, but licensed it to KISS “for perpetuity?”

Frehley replied, “It’s true.”

He continued to explain, “I get paid for the usage – for merch and stuff. And I would consider this avatar stuff a merchandise ploy. But I just saw something the other day on YouTube that [KISS bassist/vocalist] Gene [Simmons] is having second thoughts about the whole avatar thing. But who knows with those guys – every day is a different story with those guys. And to be totally honest with you, I really don’t follow what they do very closely – because I’m more involved with my own career. I can’t believe… or I don’t understand why they haven’t recorded a record in 20 years. And I’ve done, I don’t know… six or seven. Pretty much I have to create to keep things fresh. Even though I don’t get a chance to play sometimes a lot of the songs I’ve written on my most recent albums live, it gives me an outlet to create. Because I’m still like a little kid when it comes to rock n’ roll.”

Frehley goes on to discuss his forthcoming new album, 10,000 Volts, saying, “Believe it or not, this album was probably the most fun out of almost any album I ever did – except for probably the first one with Anton Fig and Eddie Kramer [his 1978 solo debut]. And I think it shows. I’m really thrilled with the way the record came out…”

Read more at Ultimate Guitar.

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