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ACE FREHLEY feat. PAUL STANLEY video

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Paul Stanley, Hardrock, Rock, News, Video, Free

Not only that after many years Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley can be heard playing together one song, now they also released a video for "Fire and Water". I think, it's an interesting title, since it seems very much like 'fire and water' can go together. The tune is a great Free cover version that sounds really good. But check it out yourself.

By the waym that title is from Frehley's latest release "Origins Vol. 1".

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CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Lita Ford, Retro Rock, Slash

(8/10) Guitar wizard Ace Frehley took a bunch of songs that influenced him and his style, recorded his version of those classics and put them on a new album entitled "Origins Vol. 1". The immediate question is, if there will be more of these releases in the future, a question we can't answer.

Anyhow, Ace Frehley took songs from various bands, beginning with Cream and The Kinks, via the Stones up to Thin Lizzy. An interesting sidenote is the fact that Frehley has chosen "Magic Carpet Ride" from Steppenwolf, instead of playing safe with "Born to be Wild". Good choice.

Surprising or not, there are with "Parasite", "Cold Gin" and "Rock'n'Roll Hell" also three Kiss tracks on this release. Each of these classics is more than just covering these milestones in rock history, they all bear the hallmarks of Ace Frehley. It's his rocking and unique guitar sound combined with his typical vocals that makes the twelve tracks to 'Frehley songs'. 

But what is really interesting on this longplayer is Frehley and Paul Stanley performing one song together ("Fire and Water" from Free). It is the first time in 18 years that these two legendary sixstringers can be heard on one song.

Next to the mentioned collaboration with Paul Stanley, Frehley also teamed-up with Slash for performing Thin Lizzy's "Emerald", Lita Ford joins with guitar and vcoals on "Wild Thing" while John 5 can be heard on "Parasite" (check out the guitar solo!), all produced in a way that keeps the old spirit by using modern technics.

All in all "Origins Vol. 1" isn't more than an album with covers, but it belongs the really good ones. For older fans, this album is almost a kind of musical time capsule while it might be the trigger for younger fans to dive into a time they never experienced. Cool stuff and the right soundtrack for long rockin' summer nights.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell
(Kiss) 6:32

 

Label: Stemmhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"
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Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, News, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Slash, Led Zeppelin, Lita Ford

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ace Frehley will release a new album on April 15th which comes with 12 new recorded cover songs that are all favorites of the iconic guitarist.

Remarkable in this context is the long list of guest musicians of which Paul Stanley's contribution is the most outstanding one. This collaboration between the two guitar players is the first one since the 1998 Kiss record "Psycho Circus".

Next to Stanley's contribution also Slash, Lita Ford and John 5 supported Frehley on this longplayer that got the name "Origins Vol. 1".

 

Here is the entire tracklist of the album:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32

 

 

Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"
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Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, Live Review

It seems to be 'Kiss time' this summer. Within one week ex-Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley visited the Netherlands as well as his former band mates from Kiss (next week in Amsterdam). 

Frehley made the start by playing a show in De Boerderij in Zoetermeer. It was the second show in Holland after having played a gig two days earlier in Amsterdam.
But before the guitar maniac started with his set it was the task of Belgium Diablo Blvd. to warm up the audience. That worked very well even though their modern metal didn't really fit to Frehley's/Kiss' hardrock. It was their powerful sound and the hard riffs that brought some movement into the crowd. As frontman Alex Agnew stated "It's our job to warm you up and I had guys not doing their job". Diablo Blvd., and esp Agnew with his talenet to entertain people, definitely did their job and the 35 minutes have been a good start into the night...and it became warm in the venue.
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015

After a 45 minutes long break it was time for Ace Frehley and band. Looking on the amount of Kiss shirts in the crowd the expectations for some Kiss songs has been tangible. And Ace Frehley delivered. Playing through a set that was a mix of his solo albums and several Kiss classics was exactly what was wished by the people. The crowd went crazy during hits like "Detroit rock city" and "Cold gin". Those songs are written for eternity and create the same enthusiasm as when the have been published decades ago. Also some tunes from Kiss' "Ace Frehley" album have been highly appreciated by the fans - esp. the bouncer "Rip it out". This rockin' firework rounded off the 90 minutes long show.

Besides the unique songs it was also the stage performance of the four guys that is worth a word. Next to the master himself it was Richie Scalet on the second guitar, Chris Wyse on the four string and Scot Coogan (d) that are Frehelys' band mates right now - each of them with a lot of stage experience and real rock'n'roll animals. They have been all over the stage and sometimes, as Scarlet did, even further than that. One of the greatest moments of the show was when he gave a kid that was standing next to the stage a pick. The young guy was so surprised that he wasn't even sure if he can take the pick. Pure entertainment and a generation bridge in one.

Even though it is Ace Frehely's name on the posters he also gave enough space to his band mates. Each of them also did the vocals for one of the tracks and they got enough space for some solo moment too. The bass solo from Wyse was actually quite impressive.

When it comes to the gimmicks - yes, those have been there as well. The smoking guitar from Frehley was as well part of the show as the one with the blinking spots.

All in all it was great rock'n'roll night in De Boerderij and I'm curious if Kiss can top this next week. I guess that if you want to get the real Kiss hardrock vibe you should go for Ace and if you want to have the big entertainment you should go for Kiss. Let's see.

Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015

Setlist Ace Frehley:

  1. Fractured mirror (Intro)
  2. Rocket ride
  3. Gimme a feelin'
  4. Toys
  5. Parasite
  6. Love gun
  7. Breakout (vocals by Richie Scarlet)
  8. Space invader
  9. 2000 man
  10. Snowblind
  11. Rock soldiers
  12. Bass solo
  13. Strange ways (vocals by Chris Wyse)
  14. New York groove
  15. Cold gin
  16. Shock me
  17. Ace Frehley solo
  18. Deuce
  19. Detroit Rock City (Encore) (vocals by Scot Coogan)
  20. Rip it out (Encore)

 

Location: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

Date: 11.06.2015

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CD review ACE FREHLEY "Space invaders"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News

(6/10) Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is back after 5 years with a new solo album. The six stringer from New York City, New York releases "Space invaders" mid August. The new album follows "Anomaly" from 2009 and brings back the grooving hardrock we know from the 12014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductree. Something good for the summer period.

The album starts pretty cool. The title track and the following "Gimme a feelin'" are great, hardrockers with good hooklines and catchy melodies - always in combination with Frehley's screaming guitar. A good package to start a rock album. Other tunes which are more my faves are "What every girl wants" "Changes". Both grooving hardrock tracks with a good guitar riff. The songs are the right soundtrack for your car ride towards the sunset. The slower "Past the milky way" is a bit less rocking than the before mentioned tracks. It sounds a bit more like Bon Jovi's "Dead or alive" but still belongs to the 'credit side'.

The album also contains a cover version of Steve Miller's "The joker". I don't want to count how often this songs was already been interpreted by other artists. Frehley's version is another attempt. "The joker", in Frehley's version, is arranged quite well. It sticks more to the original and convinces with the guitar solo. No surprise I guess.

Next to all this there is also a flipside. This is called "I wanna hold you", "Toys" and "Starship". The first two are too run-off-the mill while "Staship" is much too trivial. It's an uninspiring instrumental of seven minutes which leaves a sour taste.

All in all ""Space invaders" has its moments, but I have expected more from Ace Frehley. I still prefer "Frehley's comet" and "Trouble walking". For me those are his best solo releases and the new album can't live up to this standard. It misses a bit the drive and the power which he had on his 80's records. And why have so many songs on the album a fading-out ending? A missed opportunity looking on Frehley's capabilities and career.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Space invaders
  2. Gimme a feelin
  3. I wanna hold you
  4. Change
  5. Toys
  6. Immortal pleasure
  7. Inside the vortex
  8. What every girl wants
  9. Past the milky way
  10. Reckless
  11. The joker
  12. Starship

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Space invaders"
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