Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ACE FREHLEY has announced Origins Vol. 1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, on April 15, 2016. Most notably, KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY joins ACE on Free‘s hit ‘Fire and Water.’ This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS’ 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
Ace spoke with Rolling Stone about the new record, his guest players and recording with Paul after all these years. Rolling Stone writes: Regarding his reunion with Stanley, Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between the two of them. “We’ve always been friends,” he says. “The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.”
Today Rolling Stone debuts ‘White Room,’ the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy’s classic ‘Emerald,’ Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple ‘Wild Thing,’ Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition ‘Parasite’ for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Spanish Castle Magic,’ and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS ‘Alive!’ mainstay ‘Cold Gin.’
Ace will be as active as ever on the road in 2016, having just announced three weeks worth of tour dates in the U.S., including two nights at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. Ace will be joined on the road by Richie Scarlet (rhythm, guitar and vocal duties), Chris Wyse on bass and vocals (The Cult), Scott Coogan on drums (Nikki Sixx’s Brides of Destruction).
Origins Vol. 1 will be the follow up to Space Invader, released in 2014. Space Invader was Frehley’s first studio album in five years, and the LP debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, scoring the highest charting position of any KISS solo album ever, and marked Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’ aforementioned 1998’s Psycho Circus in 1998.