Ace Frehley Done Eight Songs For Next Solo Album: ‘It Sounds Stellar’
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Frehley has been working with Trixter’s Steve Brown on the album’s songwriting and production. They shared the above picture this past Friday (September 22) on Instagram. “This is a Rockin’ Team right here. 8 tunes mixed and it sounds stellar @brunoravel mix/master general for the new @acefrehleyofficial @mnrk_heavy #recordingstudio #mixengineer #acefrehley #newalbum …and yeah I’m really short next to these guys”.
Frehley was a guest of SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” this past March and told Trunk he was blown away by the amoutn of material he was able to complete, “Within six days I had written and recorded five new songs, which is unprecedented for me.”
Ace revealed he’s been working on the new album with Peppy Castro of the Blues Magoos, “Back in the ’60s, [the Blues Magoos] had the big hit ‘(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet’. I grew up with him in the Bronx. He inspired me to become a rock star. I remember going to Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and all of a sudden I hear Peppy’s song on the radio. I go, ‘Jesus Christ. If he can do that, I can do it. I’m better looking than him.’ [Laughs] He actually taught me how to play bar chord in the basement of an apartment building… But we’ve been friends ever since, and we’ve followed each other’s career. And he’s been in my studio a half dozen times. And he also hooked me up with Tommy Denander. He wrote three songs for me that I’m probably gonna rearrange at least one or two of them and add vocals. But me and Steve have been doing a song a day. It’s insanity.”
According to Ace, you can expect at least one cover song on his new album, “If my memory serves me correctly, the last two studio records I did both had one cover on them and one instrumental. I have two or three songs that can be instrumentals or I could add lyrics to it. I’m just deciding which one is gonna be the best one for an instrumental, because if I don’t do an instrumental, my fans are gonna be upset, because every one of my studio albums have had an instrumental track on it. It all started with ‘Fractured Mirror’ in 1978.”
And check this out! KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons co-wrote two tracks on “Spaceman”, “Without You I’m Nothing” and “Your Wish Is My Command”, the latter of which also features Simmons’ bass playing.
Huh. I thought those guys didn’t want to work with each other anymore?