Ace Frehley Returning With ‘Space Invader’ In June

Ace Frehley Returning With 'Space Invader' In JuneOn June 24th Ace Frehley will release his first new solo studio album in five years, ‘Space Invader’, through E1 Music. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of the Steve Miller Band’s hit “The Joker”.

“Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time,” says the former KISS guitarist. “Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”

Frehley’s previous solo album, ‘Anomaly’, was released in 2009. The record reached #27 on the Billboard charts and was named one of the best albums that year by Sleaze Roxx readers.

“I’m really excited about this record, because everybody that’s heard the tracks just says they think some of the tracks are even better than Anomaly, and even showing another side of me,” Frehley told Rolling Stone in an interview for the magazine’s current cover story. “There’s two songs I’m going to re-track, but I’m doing mostly overdubs. Most of the hard work is over.”

Frehley also said that the album would feature collaborations with his girlfriend Rachael Gordon and told Rolling Stone that an album of covers and remakes would follow ‘Space Invader’. “That one will be a real treat for the fans, too,” Frehley said. “I want to get some celebrity guests to play on it, some of the covers and stuff, get Slash, Mike McCready, my buddy from Pearl Jam. You know. The list is endless.” Then, with a laugh, he added, “I might even get Gene Simmons to play bass on a track.”

Frehley and his former KISS bandmates are currently at odds over their recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. “The reason they don’t want to perform with me and Peter (Criss) is because the last time they did, they had to do a reunion tour,” Frehley said. “We play three songs, the fans go crazy. They don’t want to open up a can of worms.”

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‘Get Your Heads and Egos Out of Your A–!’ – Kiss Called Out For Failure To Reunite

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Metal guitarist Chris Impellitteri is calling out the remaining founders of Kiss after Ace Frehley confirmed that the band’s original lineup will not perform as part of its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons initially started Kiss some four decades ago with Frehley and Peter Criss. They currently tour, however, with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, who wear the makeup designs made famous by their predecessors. Frehley initially left in 1982, while Criss departed in 1980. They both were part of a subsequent reunion between 1996-2002, when all four original members toured together. Frehley split again in ’02, and Criss followed in 2004.

Now Impellitteri, who fronts his own eponymous metal band and has also been part of Animetal, took to Facebook to voice his opinion over Kiss’ failure to recreate the band’s best-known lineup for this special occasion: “Get your heads and egos out of your a–!,” he writes. “FYI — your band is being inducted for the body of work that you created with Ace and Peter, and yes many other studio musicians! Thus, you should honor your fans.”

Thayer joined Kiss after Frehley’s departure in 2002, while Singer, who was also in the group for half of the ’90s, has been drumming since ’04. Still, at one point, it looked like a Hall of Fame reunion of the band’s original cast was going to happen. But then Frehley said he would only perform in his iconic Space Man makeup if Thayer did not during the ceremony. Stanley was later quoted as saying the rumored reunion had become “unlikely.”

Kiss revealed earlier this morning that they would not be performing at the ceremony “in any lineup,” and Criss has weighed in as well — calling the entire situation “disgraceful.”

Impellitteri adds: “Gene, you often say in your press releases that you are going to teach all of the new bands how the big boys do it on stage. So be a big boy and work out your issues with the other two original members and show the new bands how it is done honorably.”