ACE FREHLEY SAYS HE IS WORKING ON NEW MUSIC AND DISCUSSES THE POSSIBILITY OF REUNITING WITH HIS OLD KISS BANDMATES
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was guest on Eddie’s April 27th episode of his Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation, where he discussed working on new music during the Corona virus shutdown.
He said (via blabbermouth.net), “Because of this virus, everything has been pushed back. The release of my Origins Vol. 2 [the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired him] has been pushed back to the fall. I don’t wanna be too idle, so I decided to start recording my next studio record. What the hell?”
According to Frehley, Origins Vol. 2 was “done months ago” but there is no concrete release date.
“We’re talking about the end of the summer…We might put out a single earlier than that — during the summer. We’re talking about probably not till September. But that can change. Don’t quote me or anything. First it was the summer, then it was the end of the summer. Last I heard it was September. Everybody’s worried about their health. Health comes first, because without your health, you’ve got nothing.”
In the same interview, the guitarist also discussed his relationship with his former KISS bandmates and if he would ever consider reuniting with them onstage?
He stated, “I texted Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] last week and just wished them well, and Peter [Criss]. And I got a text from Doc [McGhee, KISS manager]. Everybody’s okay — thank God. Knock on wood. Eric Singer’s been sending me some silly texts [Laughs] ‘Cause me and Eric always got along really well on the road.”
“Everything’s cool,” he continued. “What’s gonna happen is gonna happen. But everything is delayed at this juncture, so who knows? … I’m doing my own thing. Unless they come forward and the price is right, you’re not gonna see me anywhere close by.”
Frehley’s latest album, Spaceman, was released in October 2018 via eOne. KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons co-wrote two tracks on the disc, Without You I’m Nothing and Your Wish Is My Command, the latter of which also features Simmons’s bass playing.
As previously reported that Origins Vol. 2 would feature guest appearances by Lita Ford (on The Rolling Stones’ Jumpin’ Jack Flash), Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander (on Humble Pie’s 30 Days In The Hole, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick (on Jimi Hendrix’s Manic Depression, guitarist John 5 (on Beatle I’m Down and Cream’s Politician).
Released in April 2016, Origins Vol. 1 debuted at Number. 23 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 16,000 equivalent album units. The CD featured KISS frontman Paul Stanley on Free’s hit Fire And Water; Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy’s classic Emerald, Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple Wild Thing, John 5 on KISS’ Parasite, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready on KISS’s Cold Gin.