Eyewitness News conducted an interview with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley on the day of the release of his covers album, "Origins, Vol. 1". You can now watch the chat below.
Asked to name the highlights of his time with KISS, Ace said: "Well, you know, the first thing that comes to mind is that I grew up in New York City, so Madison Square Garden was a highlight for me. And one weekend in the '70s, we did three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. So that was a big highlight. Another big highlight was when I rejoined the group for the reunion tour and we played Detroit in a sold-out stadium… Was it Dodger Stadium? Tiger Stadium. I can't get the names right, but everybody knows about it. But everybody knows about it. It sold out in, like, 45 minutes. And that was a special night. It was almost like déjà vu, because here I am in 1996, after I had left the group in '82, and I've got the same makeup on, the same costume, playing the same songs. So I felt like I time-traveled back. But it was a special night."
"Origins Vol. 1" debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 16,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21. The CD features KISS frontman Paul Stanley joining Ace on FREE's hit "Fire And Water". This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS's 1998 reunion album "Psycho Circus". Other guests are Slash trading leads on THIN LIZZY's classic "Emerald", Lita Ford singing and playing lead on THE TROGGS staple "Wild Thing", ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition "Parasite" for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic", and PEARL JAM's Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS "Alive!" mainstay "Cold Gin".