Ace Frehley (Ex-KISS) To Perform 1978 Solo Album In Full At New Jersey Kiss Expo

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 1978 solo album by performing it in full at the New Jersey Kiss Expo. That event will be held on December 7-9 at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, NJ and Frehley’s performance will take place on the last day. Other guests set to appear include: Lita Ford, Bobby Rock (Vinnie Vincent Invasion), Lydia Criss, and more.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Ace Frehley Explains Decision To Fire His Solo Band

As previously reported Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) fired his solo band, which most recently featured Richie Scarlet, Chris Wyse, and Scot Coogan, so he could hire Gene Simmons’ backing band. Now, he has offered an explanation for his decision during an appearance on Trunk Nation. According to him, “it wasn’t just about funds.”

Frehley said the following:

“That was hard. Well, I had performed with Gene’s backup band in Australia, and then Gene, for some reason, canceled his trip to Japan. So I went to Japan with his band and we did eight shows. And they’re super tight; they all sing lead — four-part harmony. I mean, I’ll never forget playing ‘2000 Man’ the first time with this band, and all of a sudden, I’m hearing all the harmonies that were on the original record done by Paul [Stanley] and Gene. I’m saying, ‘Great.’ So, after the last show in Tokyo, I said to these guys, ‘Are you available? Would you consider doing the [‘Kiss Kruise’]?’ And they said, ‘Yeah.’ They’re all fans of mine. And they’re cheaper than my band, and I’m trying to cut costs down. I cut one crew member… It wasn’t just about funds. I would have paid them what I’m paying my band right now, because they’re that good. But don’t let them know that.”

He added the following when asked how they took the news:

“Chris took it really well. He’s been playing with the [HOLLYWOOD] VAMPIRES, he told me he was doing solo shows with Joe Perry, and he’s one of the most sought-after bass players in Los Angeles. So Chris took it really well. Scotty didn’t take it very well. And Richie didn’t take it well, because his wife had just passed away [after battling ALS for many years].”

He continued:

“It was a nightmare, because I kept procrastinating, because I said, ‘How can I call Richie and let him know I’m using another band when his wife is on her deathbed?’ And it was tearing me apart. Finally I just said, ‘I’ve gotta man up.’ So I called him and I told him briefly why and… and he hung up on me. [Laughs] He goes, ‘I can’t believe this shit,’ and he hung up on me. So, two days later, I called him back in the evening, and I said, ‘Rich…’ He apologized for hanging up on me. I’ve known Richie forever. So we healed. He told me he loved me like a brother; I told him the same. I said, ‘Tell me what I can do for you, because I know you were expecting the money from the cruise.’ So I wired some money into his account to help pay for Joann’s funeral. She was a wonderful lady.”

He also added:

“Bad timing is bad timing, but business decisions really don’t… can’t… with personal life, it never jells. It’s never the right time, in a lot of cases.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley Premieres “Rockin’ With The Boys” Music Video

Ace Frehley has premiered a new video for his song “Rockin’ With The Boys.” This track was originally written during KISS’ heyday in the ’70s and it will appear on Frehley’s new album “Spaceman,” which is set to be released on October 19.

Ace Frehley Parts Ways With Solo Band, Recruits Members Of Gene Simmons’ Backing Group

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has apparently parted ways with his solo band, which most recently featured Richie Scarlet, Chris Wyse, and Scot Coogan. He will now be moving forward with members of Gene Simmons’ backing band, which recently featured Philip Shouse, Ryan Cook, Jeremy Asbrock, and Christopher Williams. Frehley told “The Cassius Morris Show” the following:

“I’m changing the lineup in my band. I’m actually gonna start working with the band that backed up Gene [on his recent solo tours]. I worked with them in Australia, and they also did eight shows with me in Japan. And I realized that… I think they were better than my current lineup, so I’ve decided to make a change. They’re younger and more hungry.”

[via Blabbermouth]

You Can Have Ace Frehley Be Your Best Man Or Walk The Bride Down The Aisle At Your Wedding

KISS By Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas has announced a special “Ace Frehley Wedding Experience” at the “Love It Loud: A Rock & Roll Wedding Chapel.” Those that purchase the $6,000 package will be able to have Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) serve as their best man or have the guitarist walk the bride down the aisle. The experience will be available from October 26 – 28.

According to the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf website, the “Ace Frehley Wedding Experience” includes:

* Ace as your best man and/or Ace give away the bride and walk her down the aisle.
* Use of the KISS wedding chapel for the ceremony (wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony)
* Professional photographer, complete photo session and digital rights to ALL images (Yep! You get ALL of the photos, e-mailed to you to keep!!)
* The wedding will be livestreamed via Facebook Live on Ace’s Facebook and KISS wedding chapel so your friends and family can watch your ceremony live from the comfort of their homes!

* Rockin’ photo session with Ace’s actual guitar
* An “I Got Married At The ‘Love It Loud’ Wedding Chapel” 45rpm with colored vinyl record and special certificate! With Ace’s signature as the witness!!
* Rockin’ wedding cake
* “Love It Loud” wedding chapel lanyards and laminates for couple
* “Love It Loud” wedding chapel certificate
* Two “Love It Loud” wedding chapel poker chips
* Two “Love It Loud” wedding chapel shot glasses
* Two “Love It Loud” wedding chapel temporary tattoos
* Up to 10 guests + bride and groom

Ace Frehley Premieres New Song “Rockin’ With The Boys”, Reveals Details For New Album “Spaceman”

Ace Frehley has premiered a new song titled “Rockin’ With The Boys.” The track was originally written during KISS’ heyday in the ’70s and it will appear on Frehley’s new album “Spaceman,” which is set to be released on October 19.

“Spaceman” Track Listing:

01. “Without You I’m Nothing” (feat. Gene Simmons)
02. “Rockin’ With the Boys”
03. “Your Wish Is My Command” (feat. Gene Simmons)
04. “Bronx Boy”
05. “Pursuit Of Rock and Roll”
06. “I Wanna Go Back” (Eddie Money cover)
07. “Mission To Mars”
08. “Off My Back”
09. “Quantum Flux”