Ace Frehley has song recorded with KISS drummer Eric Singer that didn’t make it onto his new solo album
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley continues to reconnect with his former bandmates as he revealed in a recent interview with Guitar World that he recorded a song with current KISS drummer Eric Singer that didn’t make it onto his new solo album Spaceman.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons had reportedly co-written and played bass on two songs on Spaceman but Frehley set the record straight in that regard during his interview with Guitar World.
Frehley was asked about his instrumental song “Quantum Flux” and ended up talking about the track he recorded with Singer when he stated: “Yeah. When it comes to my instrumentals, I don’t really think about them too much. I just play something and try to make it evolve into something else. And you know, I had also recorded a blues song with [current Kiss drummer] Eric Singer for this record, and that turned out well. But when I was picking songs, I’m kind of superstitious, and 40 years ago my 1978 solo album came out and that had nine songs, so I wanted to limit this one to nine songs, too. So it came down to the instrumental or the blues song and I ended up dropping the blues song. Because every album I’ve ever released has had an instrumental on it. So that was the thinking behind that. But you know, the blues track may end up on a bonus edition.”
In terms of Simmons’ involvement, Frehley advised: “I called him up and said, “You wanna write a couple of songs with me?” And he said, “Sure.” [laughs] Everybody thinks there’s this mysterious thing you gotta do to get two Kiss guys together, you know? But we all have the other’s cell phone numbers and we just call each other! The same thing happened when I asked Paul [Stanley] to do the video and sing “Fire and Water” on [2016’s] Origins, Vol. 1. It just happened. It was, “Yeah, I’d love to do it!” Okay, great. Let’s do it.”
Frehley continued: “We just sat down with acoustic guitars and he came up with the line “without you I’m nothing.” Then I gave him my Fender Precision and I said, “Let’s lay down a track.” I engineered it in Pro Tools and we got a little demo happening. Then I wrote most of the lyrics and produced it and rearranged it, and that’s what’s on the record. It was easy.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Frehley at Guitar World.