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Ace Frehley Details Collaboration with Gene Simmons

After Gene Simmons revealed last week that he's written a couple of songs for former KISS mate Ace Frehley's next solo album, the guitarist confirmed the collaboration.

Frehley told Eddie Trunk that it took place at his home in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.; "I just shot (Simmons) an email and said, 'C'mon, let's write some songs together for my new record. Next thing you know, he's down here and within three hours we had written two songs together which was, like, a record for me and him. We ate in the backyard while I was watering my palm trees...He's eating a sandwich and I'm watering a palm tree in my backyard. But it was a lot of fun."

Frehley added that, "I think Gene actually came up with more ideas than I did and I just kind of complemented them...I was really pleased, and so was he."

The session marks the first time Frehley and Simmons have written together since KISS' Psycho Circus album in 1998, and their collaboration follows KISS frontman Paul Stanley's guest appearance on Frehley's 2016 covers album Origins, Vol. 1.

The Simmons songs will appear on Frehley's first album of original material since 2014's Space Invader, but no title or release date has been revealed yet.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.