Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that he is still on good terms with his former bandmate Paul Stanley, a year after they collaborated on Frehley‘s all-star covers LP “Origins Vol. 1”. “Yeah, we’re good friends,” the ex-KISS guitarist told Brazil’s Kazagastão (KZG) this past weekend (hear audio below). He added that he also reconnected with another former bandmate, Gene Simmons, for the first time since they spent time with each other at KISS‘s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2014. “I just saw Gene about a month ago. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. He hung out all night. [He was] very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody.”
Asked if there is any chance that he will rejoin KISS in the not-too-distant future, Frehley said: “I haven’t heard anything. But if I were a betting man, I’d say maybe 50-50. That’s good odds.”
Frehley spoke about his plans for the coming months, saying that he will resume work on his next studio album after the completion of his current tour of South America and Mexico, which ends on March 11 in Mexico City. “[There is] no title [yet], but it’ll be all originals,” he said. “And then after that, [I will start work on] ‘Origins Vol. 2’,” adding that he had no songs picked out yet for the follow-up to his first covers record.
Rumors about Frehley‘s return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with Stanley on a cover of FREE‘s “Fire And Water” in what was their first collaboration since 1998’s “Psycho Circus”.
“Fire And Water” appears on “Origins Vol. 1”, which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.
Stanley told Billboard last month that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS‘s original lineup. “I sang on Ace‘s most recent album and did a video with him,” he said. “I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we’ve done together is terrific. The band as it is — I’ve played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy‘s [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn’t include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from.”