Kory Grow of Rolling Stone reports:

Ace Frehley is beginning the new year by looking back. The former KISS guitarist’s new LP, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and other artists that have inspired him over the years. His heavy-hitting take on Cream’s White Room is premiering here. The LP also features his first recording with Paul Stanley, an impassioned interpretation of Free’s Fire and Water, in nearly two decades. Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.

“I’m really thrilled with the whole thing,” Frehley tells Rolling Stone. “I’m excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there’ll be a second volume.”

…Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between himself and Stanley. “We’ve always been friends,” he says. “The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.”

Both founding KISS members were fans of Free and the song Fire and Water, the title cut of the All Right Now group’s 1970 LP. Frehley had wanted to do a version of it since the Seventies, so he recorded the backing tracks with his band and sent them to Stanley about a month ago, with the KISS singer sending his recorded parts right back.

“I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it,” the guitarist says. “He jumped at the chance to do this because it’s something that’s outside of KISS and his character in KISS, and it gave him a chance to, you know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on Fire and Water, he’s singing deep from his diaphragm, and it’s a real cool vocal. Everyone’s who heard it was just thinks it’s the s–t.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Origins Vol. 1 Track List:

1. White Room (Cream)
2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
3. Spanish Castle Magic, feat. John 5 (Jimi Hendrix)
4. Fire and Water, feat. Paul Stanley (Free)
5. Emerald, Slash (Thin Lizzy)
6. Bring It on Home (Led Zeppelin)
7. Wild Thing, feat. Lita Ford (The Troggs)
8. Parasite, feat. John 5 (Kiss)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
10. Cold Gin, feat. Mike McCready (KISS)
11. Till the End of the Day (Kinks)
12. Rock and Roll Hell (KISS)

Ace Frehley Tour Dates:

February 26 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
February 27 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
February 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory

March 2 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
March 4 – San Miguel, CA @ The Ranch
March 5 – Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre
March 6 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas

April 1 – Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
April 2 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
April 3 – Sunrise, FL @ Markham Park – Rockfest 80’s
April 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
April 7 – Danville, VA @ Carrington Pavilion
April 9 – New Hope, PA @ Havana New Hope
April 11 – New York, NY @ BB King’s Blues Club
April 12 – New York, NY @ BB King’s Blues Club
April 13 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
April 15 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ The F.M. Kirby Center
April 16 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

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  • RTunes68 on

    I’m happy to hear that Paul appears on Ace’s album, but…..”The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.” That’s nice PR, but NO. Ace went on Ed Trunk’s radio show to vent his frustrations about Paul and Gene. Likewise, Paul aired out his laundry in his autobiography about how Ace was anti-semitic and that they were never actually friends. The press merely reported what these guys were saying – they didn’t amplify anything. Also, it’s interesting that last year Ace joked about how Paul can’t sing anymore (again, on Ed’s radio show), yet he got the guy to sing on his album.

    So to all the Ace/Peter fans who delude themselves that their guys are the “rockers,” and Gene and Paul are craven businessmen, here’s proof that they’re ALL businessmen. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

  • Jason Falkinham on

    Didn’t Ace say last year that he was talking to Gene about being on the album? It’s crazy that Paul is on after the war regarding the HOF and everything else…but it’s cool that they did it!

  • D. Comiskey on

    Obviously, Eddie knows a LOT more about what’s gone on behind the scenes than we ever will. Regardless, I think it’s actually nice that these guys were able to get to a place where they’re still willing to play together. I’m not much of a KISS fan, or an Ace fan at all, but this seems pretty cool all around.

  • elliot goldberg on

    I hope paul gave ace a friends and family discount,

  • James K. on

    So what appeared to be a genuine dislike for one another was blown up by the press? Interesting. It’s cool Paul sang on Ace’s album because out of Gene and Paul, it’s Paul who seemed to be the one less likely to have anything to do with Ace. I was a little shocked when I read this and very pleased. Whether they play together again or not doesn’t matter at this point as much as the fact they consider each other friends again. This is a cool news story.

    I’m seeing Ace live on the 28th. He’s the reason I started playing guitar in the first place when I was a little kid. I saw live footage of Kiss at my older cousin’s house and just thought Ace was the coolest. It seemed that Gene are Paul were trying to be cool, where Ace seemed naturally cool. Knowing what I know now, he was also more than likely intoxicated, but big deal because he was still great. I just thought he was cool and that I wanted to learn how to play the guitar to. That’s what started my obsession with the guitar and I have Ace to thank for getting me started.

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