ACE FREHLEY And SLASH Talk THIN LIZZY Cover – “‘Emerald’ Was Always A Song I Thought Was Really Challenging”

April 29, 2016, 6 years ago

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ACE FREHLEY And SLASH Talk THIN LIZZY Cover – “‘Emerald’ Was Always A Song I Thought Was Really Challenging”

Guitar World has published an excerpt of an interview with Ace Frehley and Slash. Slash is a guest on Frehley’s new covers album, Origins Vol. 1, with Slash guesting on the Thin Lizzy track “Emerald”.

Talking about the cover, Frehley said: “I loved Thin Lizzy. ‘Emerald’ was always a song I thought was really challenging with the heavy riffing and the breakdown with the dual leads and stuff. The first person I thought of was Slash.”

Slash replied, “I said, ‘Why don’t we do it live and play back and forth right here in the moment?’ The old-school way is the way I always try to do it. Sometimes with modern recording you have to do it more piecemeal but whenever I can do things in a more spontaneous and live setting, I do. Ace is old-school so it was no problem.”

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently released a brand new music video for his cover of Free’s 1970 hit “Fire And Water” featuring none other than KISS frontman Paul Stanley. Says Frehley: "It was great working with Paul again and all the years we've spent apart doing other projects seemed to vanish once we hit the stage!"

The video notches itself into rock and roll history as the first time both Frehley and Stanley appear in a music video since KISS’ music video for “Psycho Circus” released in 1998. It’s also the first time in 14 years that the two shared a stage since KISS’ appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Finally, it’s the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley's cover of "Do Ya" released by both The Move and ELO.

Ace Frehley cracked the US top 10 with Origins Vol. 1, charting at #6 on the Billboard Current chart selling 16,000 units in its first week of release according to Nielsen Soundscan. Origins Vol.1 and its success serves as the follow up to Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart in 2014, the same year Ace Frehley was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with KISS.

Other guests on Origins Vol. 1 include Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple "Wild Thing”, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition "Parasite" for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic”, and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS Alive! mainstay "Cold Gin”. "White Room" is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the LP on iTunes will receive the Cream cover song instantly.


"White Room" (Cream)
"Street Fighting Man" (Rolling Stones)
"Spanish Castle Magic" feat. John 5 (Jimi Hendrix)
"Fire And Water" feat. Paul Stanley (Free)
"Emerald" feat. Slash (Thin Lizzy)
"Bring It On Home" (Led Zeppelin)
"Wild Thing" feat. Lita Ford (The Troggs)
"Parasite" feat. John 5 (KISS)
"Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)
"Cold Gin" feat. Mike McCready (KISS)
"Till The End Of The Day" (Kinks)
"Rock and Roll Hell" (KISS)

"Emerald" feat. Slash:

"White Room”:


(Photo by: Jeremy Danger)


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