Ace Frehley On The Possibility Of Reuniting With KISS: “If The Money’s Right And It’s Presented To Me In The Right Way, Anything Can Happen”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Ace Frehley was asked if he would be open to performing with KISS again. The guitarist responded with the following:

“Anything’s possible — I’ve always said that. That’s the first question so many people have asked me over the years: ‘Would you ever consider doing a KISS reunion?’ I said, ‘I never closed the door on anything.’ If the money’s right and it’s presented to me in the right way, anything can happen. I’m on good terms with Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons], which is nice, because we created something really special in the early ’70s that has outlasted so many other bands. And God bless ’em. They’re still doing it; I’m still doing it. Peter [Criss] is still around. I’m not quite sure why Peter hadn’t toured over the years as much as I have, but it is what it is.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Peter Criss Wouldn’t Let KISS Use “Beth” In “Biography: KISStory” Documentary

During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Paul Stanley revealed that Peter Criss wouldn’t give the band permission to use “Beth” in their new documentary “Biography: KISStory,” which is set to air on A&E across two nights on June 27-28 at 9:00 p.m. Stanley said the following about Ace Frehley and Criss’ lack of involvement in the film:

“It’s sad, but that kind of fits into the whole dynamic. We did the best we could. We tried numerous times in all different ways to have them be part of it, but this idea of final editing and money and this and that. … It was like, ‘No, your involvement doesn’t warrant that.’ And who ultimately loses out in a situation like this? They do. I don’t really want to trash those guys, because we wouldn’t be here today if they hadn’t been in the band, and we wouldn’t be here today if they still were.”

Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour: “If It’s Meant To Be, It Will Happen”

During an interview with Rock Antenne, KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked if he had any news regarding the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:

“I have none. This really is a celebration of KISS, not any lineup of the band. And while I will say that KISS wouldn’t have existed without Ace and Peter in the beginning, I can also say that KISS wouldn’t exist with Ace and Peter in the band today. So, that being said, look, it’s a celebration of the band, and whatever happens will happen. I have no feelings of wanting to omit them or not have them be a part of it. But I’m not losing sleep over it. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Alice Cooper Announces Fall Tour With Ace Frehley

Alice Cooper has announced a fall U.S. tour. The frontman will also be joined by special guest Ace Frehley.

Tour Dates:

09/17 Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall at Oceans Resort Casino (no Ace Frehley)
09/18 Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion
09/19 Bridgeport, CT – Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
09/21- Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
09/22 Farmingville, NY – Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheatre at Bald Hill
09/24 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
09/25 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/27 Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater
09/28 Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
09/29 Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
10/01 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
10/02 St Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
10/03 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre
10/05 Pikeville, KY – Appalachian Wireless Arena
10/06 Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
10/07 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/09 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
10/10 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/11 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/13 Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Center
10/14 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
10/18 Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
10/19 Austin, TX – HEB Center
10/20 Ft. Worth, TX – Will Rogers Auditorium
10/22 Tupelo, MS – Bancorp South Arena
10/23 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival (no Ace Frehley)

KISS Manager Doc McGhee On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In The Band’s Final Tour: “Will Ace Ever Show Up? Sure, He’ll Show Up. Peter Hopefully Will Show Up”

During a recent interview with Rob’s School Of Music, KISS manager Doc McGhee was asked about the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss joining the band on their “End Of The Road” tour. Interestingly, he responded by saying the following: “Will Ace ever show up? sure, he’ll show up. Peter hopefully will show up.”

McGhee said the following when asked about former members participating in the trek:

“All the things are possible. We never say never about anything. We just know that we wanna give the people the best show in the world to go see. And my philosophy for all my bands [has] always been if you’re the very, very best at what you do, people will come and see you. And if you’re not, they will go see the very, very best. Fucking simple. So what do we do with KISS? We do a show that, whether you like KISS or not, whether you’re a KISS fan or you know one song, you wanna go see this show, because it’s an amazing, entertaining show.

KISS is [homestyle restaurant chain] Cracker Barrel. There are four generations that come to eat at our house every day. And we cherish that. And we’re very good to our fans. We try to be. I think we give ’em the best meet-and-greets of any bands that every has been around. They have access in a world that has no access.

Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] and Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer] are determined to be the best at what they do. We don’t go and write songs and try to be PEARL JAM or try to be RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE or try to be anything else — we do four chords and bad lyrics, and it fucking works fabulous for KISS. And we blow shit up. And the collectability of KISS and the aura around KISS is monstrous; it’s infectious. It excites me every day.

So all those things… Will Ace ever show up? Sure, he’ll show up. Peter hopefully will show up. Everybody’s invited to the party of KISS. We haven’t had that many bandmembers in KISS. Since I’ve been there, there’s been four — two different ones — and that’s it. But KISS is KISS. So, whether you said, ‘Oh, well, I don’t think that there could be another 007 [besides] Sean Connery?’ Well, there is. There’s been five of ’em. People wanna see 007. Mickey Mouse is fucking a hundred years old. I think KISS will be one of those things that will go on forever. I think with the avatar situations that we’re doing now, with the NFT programs that we’re doing, with all the different elements that we have at our disposal today and will have tomorrow and the next day, I don’t see how this brand of KISS goes away ever. If it’s kept with the respect that it should have for the people that they have, I believe that they will be around forever — much longer than me.”

He also added the following about the band’s current plans:

“We have a two-part series coming out called [‘KISStory’] that’s on A&E, that’s coming on June 27th [and] 28th. We have our Dubai show and our documentary coming at the end of July and August. And we have our touring that we’re gonna kick off in August, and Australia, and our cruise. And we’re gonna have a lot of fun for the next 18 months. And then, at the end of this segment of KISS, Gene and Paul will retire as the touring part of KISS. And where that goes from there, we don’t know yet. We don’t plan anything more than six months at a time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour: “Anything Is Possible”

During a recent appearance on “Inside With Paulo Baron,” KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked about the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:

“Anything is possible. I don’t rule anything out. I have to say that we wouldn’t be here today if not for our past. If Peter and Ace hadn’t been there at the beginning, we wouldn’t be here today. But I will also say that if Peter and Ace had stayed with the band, we also wouldn’t be here today. So you have to put it into some sort of balance and perspective. If there is a way to include them in celebrating the final tour, yeah, I’m open to it. It has to make sense and it has to feel right, because the band has existed far, far, far too long without them to let anybody spoil this or make it less than it should be. If there’s no joy in it, I’m not interested.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley Plans To Begin Recording New Album “After The New Year”

During a recent interview with Talking Metal Live, Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) offered an update on his next studio album. The musician says he is planning to start the recording process for the effort “after the new year.”

Frehley said the following while discussing his new full-fledged recording studio at his house in New Jersey:

“It’s not the first studio I’ve ever built. If you remember, in the ’70s, when I lived in Connecticut, I spent $800,000 building a studio underground next to my home. But studios are nothing new to me, and I design ’em wherever I go; wherever I live, I always have a place to work. But the new place I’m in now has a 3,000-square-foot basement, so I’ve got plenty of room. So I made a large control room and I just was finishing up the drum room today. And after the New Year, I’m gonna start recording my new album, right in the basement. The beauty of it is because of this virus, everybody’s supposed to stay home. Well, I don’t have a problem staying home now, because I work from my house anyway.”

He continued when asked if he has already been writing music for the new record:

“I’ve been writing all along. Plus, I have tracks that I’ve already recorded that I have to revisit and decide whether they have a chance to make it on my new studio record — [if they] have to be rewritten or [they’re] just good the way they are. And I’ve got people sending me song ideas constantly… So, little by little, it’s an ongoing process, and it evolves as it goes.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley Premieres Animated Video For Cover Of The Beatles’ “I’m Down”

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has premiered an animated video for his cover of The Beatles’ “I’m Down.” This track features John 5 (Rob Zombie) and it appears on Frehley’s latest covers album “Origins Vol. 2.”

Linkin Park, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, My Chemical Romance, Etc. Releases Set For 2020 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 27) has been posted. You can find a list of various rock/metal releases below. The full list can also be viewed HERE.

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Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Alice In Chains – “Sap” (Legacy) (12″ vinyl) (limited to 8,500)
  • Anthrax – “Soldiers Of Metal” (Megaforce) (black in orange vinyl) (limited to 1,000)
  • Baroness – “Live At Maida Vale BBC Vol. II” (Abraxan Hymns) (limited to 3,500)
  • Beastie Boys – “Some Old Bullshit” (Capitol/UME) (limited to 1,000)
  • Blue Öyster Cult – “Live In Pasadena July ’83” (Real Gone Music) (2xLP) (limited to 1,300)
  • Buckcherry – “Buckcherry” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 1,500)
  • The Chariot – “Long Live” (Good Fight Music) (limited to 2,000)
  • Chris Cornell – “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover) (IGA) (7″) (limited to 6,000) [Features his cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” live at SiriusXM as the b-side]
  • Crown The Empire – “7102010” (Rise Records) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
  • Dio – “Dream Evil Live ’87” (Niji/BMG) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,500)
  • Ace Frehley – “Space Truckin’” (Deep Purple cover) (eOne Music) (12″) (limited to 2,100)
  • Linkin Park – “Meteora” (Warner Records) (2xLP on aqua blue vinyl) (limited to 3,000)
  • Motörhead – “Ace Of Spades” (Sanctuary/BMG) (12″) (limited to 2,500)
  • Motörhead – “On Parole (Expanded And Remastered)” (Parlophone) (2xLP/CD) (limited to 3,000/limited to 4,200)
  • My Chemical Romance – “Life On The Murder Scene” (Reprise) (limited to 7,500 copies)
  • Norma Jean – “Meridional” (Concord/Craft Recordings) (2xLP) limited to 2,500)
  • Puscifer – “Apocalyptical“/“Rocketman” (BMG/Alchemy) (7″) (limited to 2,000)
  • Shadows Fall – “Of One Blood” (M-Theory Audio) (blood red vinyl) (limited to 1,350)
  • Sunn O))) – “Flight Of The Behemoth” (Southern Lord) (2xLP) (limited to 800)
  • Corey Taylor/Dead Boys – “All This And More” (side by side) (Elektra) (12″ red vinyl) (limited to 4,000)
  • Tesla – “The Great Radio Controversy” (LMLR) (limited to 1,000)
  • Volbeat – “Hokus Bonus” (Republic) (grey limited edition vinyl) (limited to 3,000) [Featuring numerous bonus tracks from past albums]
  • Walking Papers – “The Light Below” (Carry On Music) (2xLP) (limited to 1,000)

[via The PRP]

Ace Frehley Releases Cover Of The Beatles’ “I’m Down” Featuring John 5

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has released a cover of The Beatles’ “I’m Down.” This track features John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.) and it will appear on his new covers album “Origins Vol. 2,” which is set to be released on September 18. Frehley said the following about the cover:

“Everyone was telling me, ‘You gotta do a Beatles song, Ace. You didn’t do one on the first record.’ The early Beatles inspired me more than the later records, because they were more raw and more rock and roll. I decided to tackle ‘I’m Down’ and I thought it came out great. John 5 did a great solo on the song, and then we riffed out at the end.”