2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has signed to Steamhammer / SPV to release his first solo album in five years, Space Invader, containing 11 brand new original songs, plus a cover of Steve Millers The Joker, on August 16th.
Space Invader, the cover of which was painted by Ken Kelly, the famous creator of KISS Destroyer and Love Gun albums artwork, will be available as a limited edition Digipak CD, (including 2 bonus tracks and poster) as well as a standard jewel case CD. Space Invader will also be released as a double gatefold coloured vinyl album, boasting 4 bonus tracks, printed inner sleeves, and a CD in a cardboard sleeve, while the iTunes version of Space Invader will include the 14 tracks contained on the digipak.
Frehley has released an official statement surrounding his new studio album:
Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work Ive created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!
Widely known as the original Space Ace and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member, having enjoyed the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) of the original foursome.
Frehleys self titled solo debut Ace Frehley album, which was released in 1978, went on to sell well over one million copies, and produced the only Top 40 single, New York Groove, to be taken from any of the legendary KISS band members solo albums to date.
New York Groove, which peaked at #13 in Billboards top 100 singles chart, was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as I Was Made For Lovin You Beth and Calling Dr. Love – even after 36 years.
After his departure from KISS, Ace went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP, culminating with his most recent opus, Anomaly in 2009, which received a more than welcoming response from critics; “Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list Space Ace as a prime six-string influence,” proclaimed Rolling Stone.