Ace Frehley: My New Album Is ‘being mastered as we speak’
If you’re a KISS fan and haven’t heard the latest, strap in. This one gets juicy! Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was interviewed by Muncie, Indiana, radio station 93.5 FM MAX and gave an update on his next studio album!
Frehley said, “My album is done and it’s being mastered as we speak. And if everything goes well over the weekend, the album is gonna be delivered to the record company Monday [today, October 30].”
As to what you can expect with the new LP? Frehley said, “I think it may be the best album I’ve ever done to date. And it’s the first time I co-wrote most of the songs with Steve Brown from Trixter. He’s a great songwriter, and I’m a great songwriter, and we put our two heads together and songs come out doubly good. He also harmonizes perfectly with me.
Ace explained, “I’ve never really written with that many people — most of the songs I write by myself. I might get a little help from somebody, but this album pretty much is co-written by Steve and myself, almost every song. And it came out way better than I had anticipated. And the vocals are strong, the guitar solos are strong, the songs, the lyrics, the melodies, everything’s really powerful.”
Frehley talked about the longevity of his solo career, saying, “It was hard in the beginning, but now I’ve picked up a lot of steam. In fact, I remember when I first signed with eOne Music — now they sold the record company to MNRK Music Group, and I’m still working with the same people — but I remember the guy that got me signed to the label, he told me that, before [2009’s] ‘Anomaly’ came out, he said a lot of people said to him, ‘You’re not even gonna get the record.’ Because [KISS founders] Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] have pretty much tried to destroy my credibility by calling me a drunk and a drug addict and somebody who’s not dependable. But if that were the case, how did I make five albums? And I’ve been touring steadily for the last 10 years plus. It doesn’t make any sense. They contradict themselves all the time. Now they’re putting me down and saying if I came up and played with them on the farewell tour, it would mar their performance. Paul said on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, you might as well call the band PISS instead of KISS if I got up on stage with them. Well, when this album comes about, it’s gonna make him look like an imbecile.”
According to Ace, as discussed on ‘Trunk Nation’, his upcoming LP will include at least one cover song, “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.”
Ace’s next studio LP is the follow-up to 2018’s “Spaceman” album.
Can’t wait to hear what he has up his sleeve!
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