Ace Frehley not ruling out return to KISS after positive recording with Paul Stanley
Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was recently interviewed on the One on One with Mitch Lafon podcast where he advised not ruling out a return to the band that made him famous.
The following are quotes from the Ace Frehley interview which can be heard in its entirety here.
Getting Paul Stanley on the album: “It was actually rather easy. I called Paul and he picked up the phone right away. I told him what I was doing and he was very receptive.”
“I had originally tried to get Gene on the record, but he never got back to me.”
On working with KISS again: “I’m not ruling it out. I always leave the door open. Right now, I’m just very excited about “Fire And Water.” Paul‘s really happy with the way it turned out. I’m very happy. So, we’re just moving forward in a positive way and whatever happens in the future happens or if it doesn’t – it doesn’t.”
The 1996 KISS – MTV Unplugged album: “It was a little nerve-racking. We weren’t sure how the fans were going to receive it, but when we taped the show; the fans just went crazy when me and Peter walked out. It was just one of those moments in time where everything solidified.”
“Paul and Gene realized that they had to move forward with me and Peter because the fans wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The Reunion Tour: “It was a lot of fun in the beginning, but as the years progressed it got a little weird.”
“Paul and Gene know how to push my buttons and Peter‘s buttons.”
The supposed reunion album, Psycho Circus: “I felt it would have been a better album if me and Peter had played more on it.”
Frehley will be releasing a covers album entitled Origins Vol. 1 via Entertainment One Music on April 15, 2016. Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of the album: “The core band featured on Origins Vol.1 is Ace Frehley handling most guitars, bass and most of the vocals along with drummer Scott Coogan who handles some of the vocal duties. There are tracks that work brilliantly. “Emerald” fits Ace perfectly. The Slash and Ace trade off during the guitar solo on “Emerald” is one of the highlights of the record. “Fire & Water” with Paul Stanley handing the vocal duties is probably the second best track on the album. Ace tackles The Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” which fits Ace’s cartoony vocal and swaggering, sloppy guitar playing incredibly well. Other highlights include: Led Zeppelin’s “Bring It On Home,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic,” and Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride.” The number of KISS covers featured within is rather heavy and affects the balance of the album slightly.”
Sleaze Roxx concluded its review of Origins Vol. 1 by stating: “…Origins Vol.1 isn’t necessarily ‘essential’ but it’s by no means a waste of your time — it’s fun to listen to.”