Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ace Frehley updates plans for all-star covers album

Ace Frehley is sharing an update on plans for an all-star covers album as the follow-up to his 2014 effort, “Space Invader.”

Frehley originally revealed last summer that the project was in the works and would include guests like Slash, Lita Ford, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

“The album’s going to be about my influences,” Frehley tells Billboard. “I’m probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I’d redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley’s Comet track.”

The guitarist says he has done some overdubs and intends to track another six to eight songs, then pick the best 12 to focus on.

The album’s track list isn’t solidified, but he says he’s “probably going to redo both ‘Cold Gin’ and ‘Parasite.’ On Kiss records, I’m not singing lead. So I’m going to sing lead on them like I do live so there’s studio tracks out there with me.”

“I was actually going to ask Gene Simmons to play bass on a track and sing with me,” he adds. “I haven’t gotten to that stage yet.”

Last year, Frehley and the original lineup of KISS were inducted into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York, alongside Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band.

Frehley’s first new album in five years, “Space Invader”, scored the guitarist a US Top 10 debut, entering the Billboard 200 at No. 9 with opening-week sales of 19,000.

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