Ace Frehley earned a spot on the US Billboard Top Ten with his newest release “Origins: Vol 1.” It charted at #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Charts, #3 on the Billboard Rock Chart, and #6 on the Billboard Current Chart. It has sold 16,000 units in only one week of release according to Nielsen Soundscan. “Origins: Vol 1” and its success serves as a follow-up to Frehley’s “Space Invader.” Released in 2014, it debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart. That same year, Frehley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his former bandmates in KISS.
The former “Spaceman” confirmed Monday that his new music video for the song “Fire and Water” would feature former band mate and KISS co-founder and frontman Paul Stanley. The video will be widely released on Wednesday, April 27th, which coincides with Frehley’s 65th birthday. A recently released trailer for the track can be seen here:
The video marks a place in rock history as the first time in 14 years that Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley have shared a stage. The last time the two performed together was KISS’ appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It is also the first time Frehley had released a music video since 1989, which was a cover of ELO and the Move’s “Do Ya.”
“Origins: Vol. 1” is a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll. Released on Friday, April 15th, this collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS’ 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
Ace spoke with Rolling Stone about the new record, his guest players and recording with Paul after all these years. Rolling Stone writes: Regarding his reunion with Stanley, Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between the two of them. “We’ve always been friends,” he says. “The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.”
Rolling Stone debuted “White Room” a few weeks ago. The classic hit was originally performed by Cream. Other guests on the album include none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy’s classic “Emerald,” Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple “Wild Thing,” Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Frehley as he sings his classic KISS composition “Parasite” for the very first time, as well as on Jimi Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic.” Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready plays guitar with Frehley as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay “Cold Gin.”
The 12 track album includes:
1. White Room (Cream)
2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
3. Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix) *John
4. Fire and Water (Free) *Paul Stanley
5. Emerald (Thin Lizzy) *Slash
6. Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)
7. Wild Thing (The Troggs) *Lita Ford
8. Parasite *John 5 (KISS)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
10. Cold Gin *Mike McCready (KISS)
11. Till The End Of The Day (Kinks)
12. Rock and Roll Hell (KISS)
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