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Ace Frehley Isn’t Ruling Out a Return to Kiss

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Could Paul Stanley's involvement on Ace Frehley's upcoming album, Origins Vol. 1, signal Frehley's return to Kiss? In a new interview, Frehley said he's "not ruling it out."

On the new episode of the "One on One With Mitch Lafaon" podcast, which you can listen to below, Frehley talked about how he was able to get his former band mate to contribute vocals on a cover of Free's "Fire and Water." After Gene Simmons didn't respond to his attempts to reach out, "I said to myself, 'Let me give Paul a call.' And I called Paul, and he picked up the phone right away, and I told him what I was doing, and he was very receptive from the very beginning about getting on the record. He said, 'Oh, that'll be fun.'"

After choosing Free's song over the Who's "My Generation," Stanley tracked his part. However, there was no reunion in the studio. "I didn't actually see Paul," he added, "'cause I was busy mixing and overdubbing, and he was very busy at the time, so we just forwarded him the basic tracks, and him and his engineer threw on the lead vocal, and while he was doing that, I was doing something else. And then we got it back, and I took it home with me and threw down the guitar solos. And it just kind of came together. It's amazing how quickly and painlessly you can work these days with e-mails. You just fly stuff into Pro Tools and it pops up on the screen, and you're good to go, as long as you know what you're doing."

Lafon then asked the natural follow-up question about whether this would start up a new batch of rumors about them working together again. Frehley shot down the notion, but with a condition. "We haven't discussed that at this point," he said, "but I'm not ruling it out. I've always said that, you know, I always leave the door open [...] There have been rumors and stuff, but there hasn't been any talk of us getting back together. Right now it's just the excitement of this record, and I'm very excited about 'Fire And Water'. There's a good chance that we're gonna release that as a single, maybe. Paul's really happy with the way it turned out, I'm very happy, the record company's very happy, so we're just moving forward in a positive way. And whatever happens in the future, it happens, or if it doesn't, it doesn't."

Origins Vol. 1 will be released on April 15.

Listen to Mitch Lafon's Interview With Ace Frehley

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