ACE FREHLEY Says His Top Guitar Solos In KISS Were "Deuce", "Shock Me" And "Strange Ways"
September 17, 2020, a month ago
Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, will release his highly-anticipated second collection of eleven rock 'n' roll covers, Origins Vol. 2, on September 18 via Entertainment One (eOne).
In a new interview with Songfacts, Ace offers a track-by-track of the new album, and answers a few KISS-related questions.
Asked which are his top 5 guitar solos in KISS, Ace replies: "The solo in 'Deuce', 'Shock Me', 'Strange Ways'. I like the solo I did in 'God Of Thunder' - it was just a different type of solo. Gene used to call it "dinosaur bends" when I would bend the strings really heavy - the low string. And maybe the solo in the live version of 'Rock And Roll All Nite' - it's just a nice, Chuck Berry kind of solo. Reminiscent of older rock n' roll songs."
Origins Vol. 2 continues Frehley’s reflections on a lifetime in music and inspiration. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history - having recorded, rebranded, and repossessed such notable nuggets as "New York Groove", "Do Ya" and "I Wanna Go Back" throughout his eight previous studio efforts - this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.
Origins Vol. 2 features some extraordinary guests, including Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on Humble Pie's "30 Days In The Hole," and former KISS comrade Bruce Kulick on Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression." Origins Vol. 1 alumnus John5 also returns, playing on Cream's "Politician," and The Beatles' "I'm Down." Finally, the exquisite Lita Ford returns on vocals, this time on The Rolling Stones' 1968 hit "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
Origins Vol. 2 will be the followup to 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, which hit #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was his second highest-charting solo album and his 4th Top 40 album.
Pre-orders are available here - which includes an exclusive 180g Opaque Gold Double LP variant (limited to 1000 copies + download card).
Origins Vol. 2 tracklisting:
"Good Times Bad Times" (Led Zeppelin)
"Never In My Life" (Mountain)
"Space Truckin'" (Deep Purple)
"I'm Down" (The Beatles)
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (The Rolling Stones)
"Lola" (The Kinks)
"30 Days In The Hole" (Humble Pie)
"Manic Depression" (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
"Kicks" (Paul Revere & The Raiders)
"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" (The Animals)
"I'm Down" visualizer:
"Space Truckin'" video:
(Photo - Jay Gilbert)