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Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley announces the release of Origins Vol. 2, his highly-anticipated second collection of eleven rock ‘n’ roll covers, due out on September 18, 2020. Today, he also releases the first single, a flawless cover of Deep Purple’s 1972 hit, “Space Truckin’” available now on all streaming platforms, and as an official music video.

Recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, CA, Frehley recorded guitar, bass, and vocals on “Space Truckin’” with long-time studio drummer Matt Star and keyboard player Rob Sabino (Peter Frampton,  Simon & Garfunkel).

Ace offers, ‘’Space Truckin’ was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little. We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back.”

The official video for ‘Space Truckin” was directed by eOne’s Ken Gullic (VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music) and animated by Chris Fequiere, the same team behind the “Mission to Mars” music video from Frehley’s Spaceman album in 2018.

Frehley has also re-signed with eOne for more new releases, which extends his original deal signed in 2013. During his tenure, he has released three albums worth of new material, Origins Vol. 2 is the fourth. A new studio album is planned for 2021 with two additional releases to follow.

eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock & Metal, Music says, “I am thrilled to extend our partnership with Ace Frehley.  He is a core artist for eOne and I look forward to more continued success with him.”

eOne’s Ken Gullic, VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music, offers, “We were warned, before our first meeting with Ace in 2014, that he’d never deliver an album or get on the plane for that very meeting. He showed up with an early version of Steve Miller’s “The Joker” in hand and then cranked out eleven brand new songs at lightning speed for his first top 10 solo album ever, ‘Space Invader,’ just in time for his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as a KISS member in 2014. With nine albums into his vibrant solo career, one that clearly stands on its own, it’s time for Ace to be considered as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted solo performer too.”

Frehley continues his reflections on a lifetime in music with this release of Origins Vol. 2. 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.’ Full tracklisting below.

Track List:
1. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
2. Never In My Life (Mountain)
3. Space Truckin’ (Deep Purple)
4. I’m Down (The Beatles)
5. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
6. Politician (Cream)
7. Lola (The Kinks)
8. 30 Days In The Hole (Humble Pie)
9. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
10. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (The Animals)
12. She (KISS) [Bonus Track]

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 today at www.acefrehleyorigins.com — which includes an exclusive 180g Opaque Gold Double LP variant (limited to 1000 copies + download card).

 

There is perhaps no busier man in the heavy metal world than Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid. Strid is the permanent front-man of not only the mighty Soilwork but also the highly energetic Night Flight Orchestra. Nobody really likes to talk about it but Night Flight Orchestra really began as a side project for Strid alongside his Soilwork band-mate David Andersson and Arch Enemy’s Sharlee D’Angelo. What began as a tribute to bands like Boston, KISS, Journey and Toto grew to what it has become now – a fully fledged band of its own which is about to release its fifth album – titled Aeromantic.

“We basically just continued,” says Strid laughing as I chat to him about whether or not the band had a plan when they sat down to start writing for Aeromantic. “We seem to be a band that just never stops writing. We never really leave the studio because we just keep on having sessions, whether that be over a long week, or two days or ten days. So I think we have taken away the drama of approaching a new album but simply just keeping on going.”

“We don’t really do that typical album cycle,” he goes onto explain. “We don’t do the album, then do some touring before taking a break for six months before approaching the next album. We also don’t do that thing where you book a studio for six weeks to finish the whole album at once. I think that has been a really good recipe for us so it is something that we continue to do and I think every album is still a little bit different. I think with each album we develop our sound a little more and I think it has become more personal even though it is pretty obvious where our influences come from. But I think we have created something really focussed with this album – it is extremely diverse but also really connected together as well.”

It is truly remarkable that the members are able to constantly keep writing for Night Flight Orchestra even when they are working with their other bands but Strid says that doesn’t hamper the writing process at all and in fact they are probably doing more writing than most other band’s do. “We are actually building up a quite a vault of songs,” he says. “It just keeps growing and growing, so much so that we probably could have released a double album for this one but we really didn’t want to push our luck. We’ve ended up creating an album that has a really good flow and that is what it is really all about. And there might be some songs that we didn’t use on this album that might show up on the next, but that is what I mean when I say that we are building a vault. We might go back and re-visit them or re-arrange them, but yeah it is a really creative unit and it is an on-going thing.”

Hearing about the vault leads us into a discussion about how does the band pick which are the songs that they are going to use for each album. “It is extremely hard to do that, especially with eight people in the band,” he says. “It is very hard but we really try to go for the vibe and try to create a sort of flow for the album. But it is very much like a jigsaw puzzle in the end and without trying to sound too pretentious that is what it is all about in the end. We also release singles, we roll with the times because the ‘album’ as we knew it is pretty much dead, now days it feels like it is all about singles and EPs for the streaming singles.”

“We also release singles because sometimes it feels boring when you release an album and then do a touring cycle… blah blah,” he says continuing. “We are always trying to break patterns there –we released a single last year and then a short film with ‘Cabin Pressure Drops’ which was highly unexpected and perhaps made people a little confused because I think they thought it was the first single off the new album. I think that is something that we will keep on doing, but the album itself is still something that is extremely important to us, but it has to have the right flow, and I think on this album the songs are even more connected even though it is even more diverse than ever.”

As our discussion draws to a close Strid delivers a very special message for Night Flight Orchestra’s Australian fans. “Guys you are in for a real treat,” he says. “This album is certainly going to take you for a journey so make sure you share it with your friends. Thank you so much for all of your support and we will work really hard to get over to Australia to do a tour very, very soon.”

Aeromantic is out now through Nuclear Blast Records.

 

I almost feel that I need to preface this article before I continue. I am not some kind of music snob, nor am I somebody that believes that hard rock or metal is the only kind of music worth listening to. A quick look at my album collection and yes you will find things as extreme as Cannibal Corpse and you will find things as commercial as Green Day or Bon Jovi. Likewise when you come to genres nestled snugly away with albums by KISS and Metallica you’ll also find music from ABBA, Eminem right through to pop by Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys. My Dad instilled one message into me when he started me on my musical journey and that was “There is good music in every genre, you just need to find it.”

So why the need for such a preface? Well basically because while I’m angry about some of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame snubs I may say some things that might put some readers on the defensive about the kind of music that they listen to. It is a divisive topic so know now that I mean no offence.

Over the past twenty-four hours social media has blown up about this year’s Hall Of Fame inductees. Somehow the Dave Matthews Band managed to win the popular vote with millions of votes from the public but never actually made the final cut while the likes of Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy were all given a royal snubbing. In fact the entire public voting system was treated as a joke this year with four out of the Top Five voted artists all missing out on actually being inducted.

When you consider that Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy now join a list that includes the likes of Pat Benatar, Jane’s Addiction, New York Dolls, War, Rage Against The Machine, Todd Rundgren, Steve Winwood and Sting who have all been nominated but missed out on induction you begin to realise that the list of those who have missed out is almost as impressive as those who have made it.

Those artists not being in the Hall Of Fame while the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Madonna and Whitney Houston are seems a little bit strange. After all this is supposed to be a rock ‘n’ roll Hall Of Fame while to me those artists firmly fall on the hip-hop, R&B and pop side of things. No disrespect meant to those artists but surely genre has to weigh into the decision at some point.

There is little doubt that the biggest travesty though has to be some of the bands that missed out this year. If Judas Priest, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy don’t deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame then who does? Those bands are not just some of the greatest and influential to ever exist in the rock world, they also changed the world of music forever. Let’s take a look at each band on their merits.

There is little doubt that Judas Priest are one of the greats. Since their inception in 1969 the Brits have sold over fifty million albums worldwide and, as Wacken found out a couple of years ago, are still as strong today as ever. The Grammy award winning Brits are currently completing their nineteenth studio album. Who knows maybe it takes twenty albums to land in a spot in the Hall Of Fame.

Then comes fellow Brits Motorhead. Lead by the legendary Lemmy Motorhead are considered the forefathers of British heavy metal. If there was ever a time for Motorhead to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame it is now – the band officially disbanded in 2015 after the tragic death of Lemmy. That same year saw the death of original drummer Phil Taylor while Eddie Clarke passed away in 2018 and Larry Wallis in 2019. With all founding members of Motorhead now sadly passed away this was the right time for them to rightfully find their way into the Hall Of Fame.

Last, but not least, comes Irish rockers Thin Lizzy. To many they are the band that penned the classic The Boys Are Back In Town but Thin Lizzy’s history goes a lot deeper than that.  Bands such as Alice In Chains, Mastodon and Metallica have all declared that Thin Lizzy were a huge influence on them and their sound. The band also recorded twelve albums and have promised music fans that they are looking to re-form for some gigs in the future.

It might sound harsh but is it time to take another look at how artists are selected for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame? The clear observations to come out of this year’s inductions are that it seems like the public vote counts for nothing and that artists who haven’t quite bided their time or fit the rock genre have somehow been inducted ahead of some of the true legends of the genre. The system seems broken and needs to be fixed as these snubs seem to as disrespectful as they unfair.

 

By Dave Griffiths

 

KISS bass guitarist Gene Simmons last night told his fans during his Melbourne show that the band hope to tour Australia in 2019. During his performance with fellow KISS bandmate Ace Frehley at Melbourne’s Festival Hall last night Simmons told the crowd “we hope to be back here (Australia) in 2019” he then closed the night by saying “Good night Melbourne we’ll be back in 2019!”

Stay tuned KISS fans this one is going to be big…