Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley Reunite on Origins Vol. 1
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator
There has not been much good news for KISS fans since the reunion of the original band in 1996 on MTV Unplugged. Now for the first time in 20 years, KISS fans have reason to celebrate. Ace Frehley had brought his former KISS band mate Paul Stanley in to record vocals for a track on his new album ‘Origins Vol. 1. The album also features a guest appearances by Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash.
Paul Stanley sounds better than he has in the last 20 years. The dynamic duo perform a song from the 1970 Paul Rodgers led ‘Free’ album entitled “Fire & Water”.
According to report from Anti-Music, Ace says the vocals are in a different and lower register that fans are used to hearing from Paul Stanley. The response to the track has been extremely positive.
According to a report in Ultimate Classic Rock, Stanley is reported to have commented: “For all of the bickering, and stuff we may say about each other, we go back to a very magical time. We started this together. In spite of what we may say from time to time we are a family. A dysfunctional one, but nonetheless a family.” Ace agreed that the have always been friends and said the press runs with the negative stories because they make good copy.
Paul Stanley & Ace Frehley KISS and Make Up
This will be the first time that the two former KISS icons have recorded together since the “so called” reunion album Psycho Circus in 1998. In reality that was no reunion album at all but another blatant attempt to cash in on the nostalgia. KISS broke trust with the fans presenting the album as a reunion while employing outside musicians. In reality band relations had already broken down again by 1998. As a result, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had very little actual involvement in the Psycho Circus album. There was one true reunion track on that album entitled “Into The Void”. Of course it is the standout track on the album.
Makes me wonder how good a legitimate KISS reunion album would be. Sadly I don’t think we will ever find out. KISS fans can enjoy this track and dream of better times. Maybe it will lead to some more collaborations in the future. Meanwhile here is a great KISS moment from 1996.