Something that seemed unimaginable to many KISS fans has actually occurred. Gene Simmons and former band member Ace Frehley have written two songs together.
Frehley was the original guitarist for KISS, appearing on the most popular and best selling albums of their career; however, he left the band in 1982 after becoming disgruntled with the band’s direction and his more limited role after the departure of Peter Criss. He did return in 1995 for an edition of MTV Unplugged followed by the recording of the album Psycho Circus, although Ace didn’t actually participate much on the recording. He stuck it out until 2002 when he performed for the last time with the band.
Jump ahead to this year. Simmons recently told Minneapolis station 92 KQRS the the two had recently worked together.
…literally two days ago I was with Ace and we wrote two songs. “He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things.
The songs are intended for Frehley’s next solo album.
Frehley has released seven solo studio albums, including his successful Ace Frehley that was part of the one day barrage of four KISS solo albums in 1978. His last was 2016’s Origins, Vol. 1, a covers album that included guest appearances from the likes of Slash, Lita Ford and another former KISS bandmate, Paul Stanley.