NEWS UPDATE - May 2015
|May 29 : Ace
Frehley's New Single " Gimmie A Feelin' "
Rolling Stone (Kory Grow)
KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has released the first single from his
upcoming "Space Invader" album. "Gimme A Feelin'" is now available
Ace Frehley was finishing up Space Invader, his first solo album in
five years, around the time he was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame. Now, with the album's release date of July 8th a
little over a month away, the Spaceman is sharing the its
hard-rocking first single, "Gimme a Feelin'."
Beginning with a ferocious blues-rock solo, the tune locks into a
typically Frehley-like groove when he sings about a woman who's "got
what it takes to jangle my brain," the swinging guitar riff and
pounding drumbeat recalling late-Seventies Kiss.
Aside from the music, Space Invader has another through-line to
Frehley's days with his old band: Ken Kelly — the artist who created
the sleeves for Kiss' most popular records, 1976's Destroyer and
1977's Love Gun — designed the its cover. The album also contains a
rendition of the Steve Miller Band's 1973 song "The Joker," and
Frehley has compared its sound overall to that of his 1978
self-titled solo album, which contained the hit "New York Groove."
"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 [Frehley's 2009 LP] Anomaly, and even showing another
side of me," Frehley told Rolling Stone in March.
He also said at the time that he was planning an album of cover
songs similar to his take on "The Joker," and although he wouldn't
name the songs he wanted to include, he offered up a list of
musicians he hoped would contribute to the album. "[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. The list is
endless," he said. "I might even get Gene [Simmons] to play bass on
|May 21 : "BK3" is
now available on iTunes, with two NEW bonus tracks
to announce that BK3 is now available on
iTunes, with two NEW bonus tracks:
"Love and Desire" (featuring Andrew London) and "Ain't Gonna Die"
(featuring Gene Simmons, as remixed by Chew FU).
Please Note: Outside of North America (US and Canada) the new
digital release of BK3 will NOT have the bonus tracks (due to
previous license agreements). But I have some ideas and will keep
you all posted.
|May 19 : Ace Frehley reunites with Ken Kelly - Space Invader cover
KISS guitarist and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ace
Frehley has tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create
the album cover for his upcoming LP SPACE INVADER, due out July 8th.
The reveal comes exclusively through Rolling Stone today. Kelly, who
created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS,
Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977), says, "It was very exciting
when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for
Ken Kelly is also widely known for his paintings in the sword and
sorcery and heroic fantasy sub genres, most notably for the Conan
the Barbarian novels. He continues, "I had spoken to Ace on a few
occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually
Ace Frehley himself comments, ”I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly
since 2007 about painting a CD Cover for me and it has finally
happened! I couldn’t be more excited about the new Space Invader
cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!”
With nearly 35 years between projects, KISS fans will surely be
excited about this long-time duo working together again. Kelly
concludes, "I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a
part of Ace's continuing successful career!"
ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE INVADER, his first new solo album in
five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on July 8th,
2014. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs
as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” This album is the
first release under Frehley's new universal deal on eOne Music.
Widely known as the original “Space Ace" and founding guitarist for
16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling
rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original
member. In addition to having the best selling solo album career
(vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self
titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one
million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,”
from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13). The
massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show
Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012,
besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,”
“Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.
Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo
albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in
2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and
received a welcoming response among critics. "’Anomaly' shows why
many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime
six-string influence," said Rolling Stone.
|May 16 : PAUL
STANLEY Says His Next Solo Album Will Be
'Much More Guitar-Driven' Than 'Live To Win'
During a brand new interview with
guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was asked if there is a possibility
of him releasing another solo album following 2006's "Live To Win".
"Sure, absolutely," he replied. "I'm not done, so sure. The next one
I guarantee will be much more guitar-driven. 'Live To Win' was
really me wanting to push the envelope of what people wouldn't
expect from me. But my next one would hearken back way more to the
first [1978's 'Paul Stanley'], I'm sure."
read the entire interview
|May 8 : Vinnie
Vincent Special, part 5 - Andre LaBelle interview
Chris Czynszak | Decibel Geek
week we present you with the 5th installment of our Vinnie Vincent
Special. Joining us for this discussion is drummer Andre Labelle of
The Sky. Andre was tapped by Vinnie to drum on the
still-not-officially released album
Guitars From Hell (Guitarmageddon) that
was recorded over a period of 1989 through 1992. In this discussion
you'll hear the whole story of how the project was started, the
interesting ways that Vinnie would decide on equipment, recording
techniques, and the circumstances that led to the album being
During this discussion Andre also shares some interesting insight
into Vinnie's brief reconciliation with Paul Stanley and Gene
Simmons and his work with them on the then-in-production 'Revenge'
album as well as Vinnie's influence going beyond the songwriting for
Guitars From Hell has leaked in-part
online over the past few years in the form of rough demos; many of
which feature Vincent re-recording all the tracks using a drum
machine in Labelle's place. In this discussion, Andre shares his
feelings about this and confirms that more than the 8 leaked songs
Along with Andre, the Guitars from Hell album featured the return of
original Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist and current Sky front man
Robert Fleischman. During this talk, Andre shares the working
dynamic between the vocalist and guitarist and how things didn't
always go very smoothly yet still yielded an incredible technical
performance out of all parties.
The Sky recently released their second full-length album,
The band is rounded out by bassist Steve Barber and guitarist Ryan