2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ace Frehley will release "Space Invader", his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on June 24th, 2014. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” This album is the first release under Frehley’s new universal deal on eOne Music.
Frehley has released an official statement surrounding the exciting news:
“Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”
Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band Kiss, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self-titled "Ace Frehley", released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary Kiss solo albums; (peaking at #13). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show “Entourage” and was also Kiss’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such Kiss Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.
Since departing from Kiss, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, "Anomaly" in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics. “’Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence,” said Rolling Stone.
Ace Frehley will participate in the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards show by presenting the Dimebag Darrell “Best Guitarist” Award alongside label-mate Zakk Wylde. The awards show will take place on April 23, 2014 at the Club Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now!
“It’s exciting to finally be part of the Golden Gods, awards and an honor to be part of any Dimebag memorial award. He was a friend, and I know everyone misses him, as do I.”
Frehley, along with original Kiss members, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year after fans voted them in. Sadly the long over due induction has been marred by controversy as the hall refuses to recognize the other four principal Kiss performers who replaced Criss and Frehley over the years; Tommy Thayer, Bruce Kulick, Eric Carr, and Eric Singer, all of whom have contributed to the band's enduring success. Because of this slight, Stanley and Simmons have stated that no line-up, past or present will perform at the induction ceremony.
In a recent Revolver Magazine interview, Frehley commented on the Hall of Fame incident:
"Originally, the Hall of Fame asked all four of us to do a reunion and that was presented to each original member who is being inducted. Then some time went by, and I heard a couple weeks back that Paul and Gene decided to perform with Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. And I had gone on the Eddie Trunk show earlier, about a month prior to the last time I went on, and I was saying, “Yeah, it would be great if we did a reunion.” It was shot down, but I think I led the fans to believe there was going to be a reunion. With tickets going on sale the following Monday, I decided to go on Ed Trunk’s show a couple weeks back when I was in Las Vegas recording. I just wanted to let the fans know that last I heard, Paul and Gene decided not to perform with me and Peter [Criss] and opted to perform with Tommy and Eric. It got a lot of people pissed off, but I had to lay it out because I didn’t want fans buying tickets for an event they weren’t going to see. Last I heard, there’s going to be no performance. There has been a lot of negotiating behind closed doors and I’m sworn to secrecy. But last I heard, there’s just going to be no performance. I don’t know what the reason is. And at this point, I don’t care because it was renting so much space in my head, it was affecting my creativity and finishing up my record."