Ace Frehley Planning To Release “Origins Vol. 2” In October

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has revealed that he is planning to release his new covers album “Origins Vol. 2” in October. The effort will feature covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times,” The Rolling Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flash,” Humble Pie’s “30 Days In The Hole,” and more.

Frehley told Long Island, New York’s News 12 the following:

“I’ve done five albums [in the past decade]. And ‘Origins Vol. 2’ is done. It’s just being mixed. That’ll be out in October. So there’s a lot of stuff going on.”

He also talked about the effort with The Weekender:

“I’m really excited about ‘Origins Vol. 2’. It’s surpassed my expectations. I got Lita Ford singing ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, and she’s amazing. She came to my home and I coached her for two days with vocals and she just [expletive] killed it. I also have Robin Zander singing ’30 Days In The Hole’ by Humble Pie. I really wanted to do the Humble Pie song, but I just couldn’t cut it, vocally, because [Steve] Marriott’s just too good of a goddamn singer. I just couldn’t do justice to his vocals. But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he’d like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I remembered that and gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Ace Frehley Completes Work On “Origins Vol. 2”

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has officially finished his new covers release “Origins Vol. 2.” The guitarist told Oklahoma’s KATT Rock 100.5 the following about that:

“Pretty much the whole concept behind that album is redoing songs of bands that influenced me growing up. I’m doing a [Jimi] Hendrix song, I’m doing a Cream song, I’m doing a Led Zeppelin song, a song by The Animals. I also did a song by Paul Revere & The Raiders.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley’s Wife Claims KISS Tried To Have Him Killed In The Bahamas

The recent KISS drama seems to have taken an odd turn. As previously reported, Ace Frehley blasted Gene Simmons and accused him of groping his wife after Simmons said the band would never be able to depend on Frehley and Peter Criss to play a full set on their farewell tour. Now, Frehley’s significant other, Rachael Gordon is claiming that KISS actually “tried to have Ace killed in the 70’s.” She said the following in the comment section on Facebook:

“Let me tell you. They tried to have Ace killed in the 70’s. Tried sending him to a so called ‘private party’ in the Bahamas. Ace is VERY sober now and knows what’s happening. He sees things clearly now. He doesn’t need a chain of low brow restaurants; he plays the guitar. That’s what he does. FUCK THEM.”

It’s worth noting that even though Frehley refers to Gordon as his “wife,” the guitarist is still legally married to his first wife Jeanette Trerotola.

[via Loudwire]

Former KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley Accuses Gene Simmons Of Groping His Wife

During a recent interview with Guitar World, Gene Simmons said Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would be welcomed to play a song or two with KISS during their farewell tour, but added that the band could never depend on them to do a full set. Frehley has since responded to these comments saying Simmons is an “asshole and a sex addict,” who groped his wife.

Here’s what Simmons told Guitar World:

“Ace and Peter have gotten three chances. They were in and out of the band—fired—three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren’t carrying their load. … So the short answer to your question is we’d love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don’t, it’s not going to be because of us. But they’re never going to be in KISS again.”

“Three times is the charm; ‘I promise I’ll pull out’ doesn’t work. It’s the boy who cried wolf: ‘Oh, I’ve been straight for a million years.’ Terrific! Have a good life! … Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace or Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your fucking life.”

Here’s Frehley’s response:

“My Reaction to Gene’s Post Today

…Gene, your memory is really incorrect!…I was NEVER FIRED from KISS, I quit twice (not 3-times) of my own free will, because you and Paul are control freaks, untrustworthy and were too difficult to work with!

…Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has cost me millions of dollars and now that I’m over 12-years sober you’re still saying I can’t be trusted to play a whole nights show! Well that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 12-years with different configurations of “The Ace Frehley Band” to you and Paul’s dismay!

…I’m also the most successful solo artist to come out of the original KISS lineup , and proud of it!…You and Paul have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully.

…I’ve tried to be nice and friendly by inviting you and Paul to perform on my past albums for eOne Music, give each of you guys one of my prized Gibson Les Paul 59’ models, but today’s comments have made me realize you’re just an asshole and a sex addict who’s being sued by multiple Women, and you’re just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!

…The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back, when I was trying to help you out at one of your “Vault Experiences” which I only found out about several weeks later…she was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!

…Well now the gloves are off after your terrible comments today and I’m thinking that this really may be “The End Of The Road Tour” for you guys!!!

….Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing Tommy from the Throne that I created… THE SHIT WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY’LL BE NO STOPPING IT-IT’S ON!!!”

[via Guitar World]

John 5 Joins Ace Frehley Onstage In Agoura Hills, CA

During Ace Frehley’s January 26 show at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, CA, the guitarist was joined onstage by John 5. You can see footage of them performing KISS’ “Cold Gin” below:

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]