In a new chapter in the never ending bad blood between KISS and original guitarist Ace Frehley, the latter has updated his audience on the progress of the recording sessions for his new studio album. The interview was given to ZackAttack of the 93.5 FM MAX classic rock radio station in Muncie, Indiana.
Ace Frehley said:
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My album is done and it’s being mastered as we speak. And if everything goes well over the weekend, the album is gonna be delivered to the record company Monday [October 30].
I think it may be the best album I’ve ever done to date. And it’s the first time I co-wrote most of the songs with Steve Brown from Trixter. He’s a great songwriter, and I’m a great songwriter, and we put our two heads together and songs come out doubly good. He also harmonizes perfectly with me.
I’ve never really written with that many people — most of the songs I write by myself. I might get a little help from somebody, but this album pretty much is co-written by Steve and myself, almost every song. And it came out way better than I had anticipated. And the vocals are strong, the guitar solos are strong, the songs, the lyrics, the melodies, everything’s really powerful.
When he was asked if he expected his solo career to have this longevity when he signed his first solo deal, Ace replied:
It was hard in the beginning, but now I’ve picked up a lot of steam. In fact, I remember when I first signed with eOne Music — now they sold the record company to MNRK Music Group, and I’m still working with the same people — but I remember the guy that got me signed to the label, he told me that, before ‘Anomaly’ came out, he said a lot of people said to him, ‘You’re not even gonna get the record.’ Because Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] have pretty much tried to destroy my credibility by calling me a drunk and a drug addict and somebody who’s not dependable. But if that were the case, how did I make five albums? And I’ve been touring steadily for the last 10 years plus. It doesn’t make any sense. They contradict themselves all the time. Now they’re putting me down and saying if I came up and played with them on the farewell tour, it would mar their performance. Paul said on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, you might as well call the band PISS instead of KISS if I got up on stage with them. Well, when this album comes about, it’s gonna make him look like an imbecile.