Ace Frehley Prepping Covers Album Honoring Musical Influences
Ace Frehley is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of KISS, but part of how he got there was the musical inspiration provided by his peers and those who came before him. As such, Frehley is keen on his next album being a covers disc honoring some of the musical influences who inspired him along the way.
Frehley first discussed the plan for a covers album last fall, but is just now getting down to the process of putting it together. He tells Billboard, "The albums' going to be about my influences. I'm probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song -- stuff from the bands I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo besides vintage KISS stuff and a Frehley's Comet track."
When asked for a little more detail, the guitarist stated that while the track listing is not solid as of yet, he does plan on redoing both "Cold Gin" and "Parasite." "On KISS records, I'm not singing lead. So I'm going to sing lead on them like I do live so there's [studio tracks] out there with me," he added.
The rocker also teased the possibility of special guests, saying he's put out calls to Lita Ford, Slash and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready to appear. He even reiterated the idea that he might ask Gene Simmons to play bass on a song and sing with him, but adds, "I haven't gotten to that stage yet."
In a recent chat with Full Metal Jackie, Frehley stated, "It’s always fun to do covers, you know? I mean sometimes it’s really refreshing to do someone else’s material. And that’s why I’m so excited for this new CD I’m doing for eOne because it’s exclusively covers and remakes." He added that he had planned on tracking out six songs that week, which will give him a good jump before he returns to the road this spring.
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