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Spinner.com recently conducted an interview with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.
Spinner.com: Who is the producer on the record you're working on now?
Ace: Me. It's a good cross-section of Ace Frehley heavy rock. It's more like the first CD I did with "New York Groove" than maybe some of the more recent albums I put out 'cause I'm singing lead on all the songs and I wrote all the songs. So it's more of an Ace record.
Spinner.com: How excited are you to have this record coming out and be on tour?
Ace: It's really an exciting time for me because for so many years people I worked with in the past maybe kind of bad-mouthed me and said I was screwed up on drugs and alcohol and couldn't function or this, that and the other thing; I was undependable. And that's just not the case today. So it's a good feeling to be able to come out and take care of business on the road and be clean and sober, show up on time and do interviews and have a great time, which kind of dispels all the negativity that's been laid down before me.
Spinner.com: Do you feel vindicated by the album and tour?
Ace: I hope so, I hope that happens because for a long time I was missing in action [laughs]. And it's just nice to be back, it's nice to be cognizant of what's going on around me and reclaim my rock 'n' roll throne.
Spinner.com: Do you talk to the guys in KISS anymore?
Ace: Yeah, Gene called me in November of last year and invited me to do his television show. I was just too busy. I speak to Paul every so often, three or four times a year. And I spoke to Peter in October. So we all keep in touch.
Spinner.com: But at this point is the solo stuff what you want to be doing?
Ace: I like doing my own stuff simply because I'm in control of my destiny for the most part. Whenever I work with KISS, Paul and Gene, especially Gene, are such control freaks they push my buttons because they make these stupid decisions without checking with me and it always makes me crazy. They got all that crazy merchandising; next thing I know we're selling caskets.
Read the entire interview at http://www.spinner.com/2008/07/04/a-cleaned-up-ace-frehley-receives-vindication-for-his-post-kiss/.