On Friday night I drove out to Wilkes-Barre to see Ace Frehley perform and meet him after the show. My friend and I had planned on going to Ace’s show in New Hope the weekend prior but it was cancelled last-minute because Ace was feeling under the weather. With the recent release of his new album, Ace has been pushing himself hard to make appearances, perform shows and handle a myriad of media opportunities. This hectic schedule took its toll on Ace and he was rushed to the hospital following his performance in Wilkes-Barre. While Ace’s meet and greet after the Wilkes-Barre show was understandably cancelled as a result of this health scare, I’m happy to report that “Space Ace” has been released from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and is back home in Southern California recuperating.
“Space Ace” Frehley is back, but this time he’s not singing about being inside the vortex, a space invader or the Milky Way, like he did on his impressive 2014 studio album. Origins Vol. 1 is a collection of 12 cover songs by the former KISS lead guitarist where he’s paying homage to his roots. And for KISS fans, such as myself, there are three redone KISS cuts and a Free song – “Fire and Water” – with Paul Stanley on lead vocals.
Read on for my track-by-track review of Origins Vol. 1, which hits stores on April 15. Continue reading