Ace and the Starchild reunited... kinda.
Kiss alumnus Ace Frehley has announced the release of 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.
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.”
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 3 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), as well as Scott Coogan on drums (Nikki Sixx’s Brides of Destruction)
26/02 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
27/02 – San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
28/02 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
02/03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
04/03 – San Miguel, CA – The Ranch
05/03 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
06/03 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas
01/04 – Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
02/04 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
03/04 – Sunrise, FL – Markham Park – Rockfest 80’s
05/04 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
07/04 – Danville, VA – Carrington Pavilion
09/04 – New Hope, PA – Havana New Hope
11/04 – New York, NY – BB King’s Blues Club
12/04 – New York, NY – BB King’s Blues Club
13/04 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
15/04 – Wilkes Barre, PA – The F.M. Kirby Center
16/04 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance