Norway's NRK conducted an interview with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley on Tuesday, September 15 — the day his new solo album, "Anomaly", was released. , During the chat, Frehley revealed that he already has four songs finished and ready for his next solo CD. He also claimed that he still can use the "Spaceman" make-up, last seen on his face in the Dunkin' Donuts commercial, even though KISS owns the rights to the design, now worn on stage by Tommy Thayer.
"Yeah, they have the rights to the make-up," Frehley confirmed. "I mean, I can use it too, but I have to pay them royalties. And they have to pay me royalties when they use it."
He added, "You know, the thing that bothers me the most is when I go on the Internet and read the fans' comments, a lot of them seem upset and ask why they didn't design a new make-up (for Tommy Thayer), like they did with Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent. That's a question you'll have to ask Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons]."
NRK: The new KISS album ["Sonic Boom"] leaked online today. Have you heard any of it?
Ace: I've only heard one song, "Modern Day Delilah".
NRK: What did you think about it?
Ace: I thought it was a good song. Paul's always been a good songwriter, a good singer and a good frontman. The only thing I didn't get from the song, was that vintage sound from the '70s. I remember reading something earlier that both Paul and Gene said it was gonna be the best album in over 30 years. It sounded like something they could have done after I left the band in 1982.
NRK: Going back to the '80s, you did a lot of demos in the years before the first COMET album, songs like "Audio/Video (Catch Me When I Fall)", "Back Into My Arms", "I Got The Touch". Will they ever see the light of day?
Ace: Yeah, probably, somewhere down the road. I have a storage room filled with tapes of old demos that I've recorded over the years, even going as far back as the '70s. So maybe one day, when I have the time — which I haven't had in a long time — maybe I'll go in there and put out something. "The Unreleased Demos of Ace Frehley", who knows? (laughs)
NRK: I've noticed in recent interviews that you've already been talking about the next album. Do you already have material ready for it?
Ace: Yeah! We recorded 16 songs for this album, so I have four songs in the can that might make it onto the next CD. But I continue to write all the time. I've already written a couple of new songs since this album was mixed. So, yeah, the next album will be out a lot sooner than 20 years from now (laughs).
Read the entire interview at www.nrk.no.
Frehley was joined on stage by former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER axeman Slash this past Saturday night (September 12) during his performance at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California as part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Watch fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.