Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has released “Rockin’ With The Boys,” the second song made available from his forthcoming Spaceman album. Due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne), Frehley previously released the track “Bronx Boy” in April.
Spaceman, Frehley’s eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, including a cover of Eddie Money’s “I Wanna Go Back,” a ripping power pop makeover of the original.
“No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys,” which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s. Both “Rockin With The Boys” and “Bronx Boys” are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant-grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.
In addition to Ace’s distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on “Spaceman” except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, “Without You I’m Nothing,” which Gene also co-wrote, and “Your Wish Is My Command.” Both songs were recorded at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Ace’s reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s “Fire And Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009.
Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014’s Space Invader, which debuted at No. 9 on the Top 200 chart. The LP scored the highest-charting position of any former or current KISS band member ever and marked Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 Psycho Circus reunion album.
Spaceman track listing:
01. Without You I’m Nothing
02. Rockin’ With The Boys
03. Your Wish Is My Command
04. Bronx Boy
05. Pursuit Of Rock And Roll
06. I Wanna Go Back
07. Mission To Mars
08. Off My Back
09. Quantum Flux (instrumental)