Wednesday, June 28, 2017

KISS: Ace Frehley collaborates with Gene Simmons on new solo album

Ace Frehley has collaborated with Gene Simmons on new material for the former KISS guitarist’s next solo album.

"Two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band — he used to be in the band three different times — and we wrote two songs,” Simmons recently told Minnesota’s 92 KQRS. “He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things."

Frehley had previously invited the KISS bassist to participate in his 2016 all-star covers album, “Origins Vol. 1”, but the pair failed to connect at the time.

The project did feature a reunion with former KISS bandmate Paul Stanley, as well as guest appearances by Slash, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, John 5 and Lita Ford.

“Origins Vol. 1” debuted at No. 23 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release in April of last year.

Frehley was the founding lead guitarist of KISS. The rocker has had the most successful solo career among the original foursome: his 1978 self-titled album went on to sell over one million copies and produced the only US Top 40 single, “New York Groove”, which continues to thrive amongst fans in the digital era.

His 2014 release, “Space Invader”, delivered the guitarist his first US Top 10 album and his highest-charting studio effort to date.

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.

Guitarist Tommy Thayer currently performs with KISS using makeup originally designed and made famous by Frehley.

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