Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, who lives in Chappaqua, is in the midst of recording his first solo album since 1990, with a planned April release. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s laying the album down as his Westchester home and is then planning to go on a North American concert tour later this year.
He summed up the artistic process behind the new album to Billboard:
“Basically, I’m trying to get back into the mindset I was in when I did my first solo record [1978’s ‘Ace Frehley’]. That record seemed to have all the elements everybody liked—a real cool instrumental, a hit single, some real heavy rockers, a nice variety of different genres of music.”
Though he also pointed out some of his favorite new tracks—“A Little Below the Angels,” “Pain in the Neck,” “Fractured Quantum,” and “Genghis Khan”—he bizzarly won’t be performing any of the new work on stage. “Every show’s on YouTube, every song,” he said. “I don’t want to play any of the new songs ‘cause I don’t want to give away anything.”
Which is all fine and good (frankly, I’m more jazzed about him doing the old Kiss tunes anyways), but sooner or later, if you keep beating that dead horse, all that’s left is to star on season two of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And, well, we all know how that turned out for Gene Simmons.
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