Ace Frehley Says Gene Simmons Named His New Album

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Ace Frehley revealed that Gene Simmons named his upcoming solo album. Blabbermouth reported that Frehley appeared last weekend at the 2018 Indianapolis Kiss Fan Expo, where he jammed with latter-day Kiss members Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick — along with his brother Bob Kulick, who had originally auditioned for the band along with Ace and played on several sessions for the band over the years. In addition to that, Ace jammed with his solo band Frehley’s Comet for the first time in three decades.

Frehley talked about his recent songwriting sessions for the upcoming set, revealing, “Gene came over my house to write — it went fantastic. In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my (next) record. I’m thrilled. It was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober and it was a pleasure.”

He went on to say that Simmons named the album while the Kiss co-founders were performing at one of Simmons’ live Vault performances: “(The) new album should be out in a couple of months. It’s gonna be called ‘Spaceman.’ I said to the audience (at the Vault show), ‘What about calling my new album ‘Forty Years Later,’ because it’s been 40 years since my first solo record — 1978. And Gene goes, ‘No. You should call it ‘Spaceman’.’

So I figured I’d go with it. That’s a nice sound bite. Someone says, ‘How come it’s called ‘Spaceman’?’ I go, ‘Gene Simmons wanted me (to call it that.)'”

When pressed as to whether Frehley would be up for playing the opening slot for Kiss’ upcoming tour, he said: “It’s up to Paul (Stanley) and Gene (Simmons); they’re running the show. I’m open to anything, if the check is big enough.”

When we last caught up with Ace, we asked him what he ultimately thinks Kiss will be remembered for: “Well, I think it’s an obvious question; it’s the makeup, it’s the costume, it’s the fantastic show that we created. And as it evolved over the years, it only got bigger — and I think that’s what we’re gonna be remembered for. And the music, of course!”

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