Several brand-new photos of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, taken during his guest appearance on the "Merry KISSmass Special" with Eddie Trunk on New York's Q104.3 FM last Friday (Dec. 23), have beeen posted online at Trunk's official web site. Check them out: Gallery#1, Gallery#2.
In a posting on his web site, Eddie had the following to say regarding Ace's appearance on the show: "He has nothing but positive things to say about all members of KISS, past and present. He said he has spoken to Paul [Stanley] several times and hopes to reach Gene [Simmons] soon. Now that he has changed his life he says he has no idea how Gene and Paul put up with him for as long as they did and he has no problem with anything they have done with the band and its history. He feels that Tommy Thayer is the best possible replacement for him in KISS. He feels his time in the band did not end that badly and simply believed that the Farewell Tour was a .... farewell. He is open to doing one final show or tour with KISS if approached. He wished all of the bands past and present members a Merry Christmas, as well as band manager Doc McGhee. Ace plans on touring in the spring with an all new 'all-star' band. He will also launch an official website soon that he hopes to sell his next CD on. No time table for when the CD will be done but it might be a three-CD set with some different styles of music and maybe an all-covers CD."
As previously reported, Frehley's former record label, Megaforce Records, will be issuing a compilation titled album, entitled "Greatest Hits Live", on January 24, 2006. According to a press release, this CD "represents some of the best work from legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley during the period after his highly publicized departure from one of the greatest rock bands of all time." As with the previous Megaforce Ace Frehley releases "12 Picks" (1996) and "Loaded Deck" (1997), Ace himself had nothing to do with putting this package together.