Friday, January 29, 2010

Ace Frehley Happier Touring Solo Than With KISS & Egos

Alyssa Braithwaite, AAP

Ace Frehley says he's happier touring as a solo artist than with his ex-bandmates because the only ego he has to deal with is his own.

Frehley will begin his It's Ace Downunder Australian tour in Perth on Monday.

"It's great - I don't have to deal with three other egos," Frehley told AAP, laughing.

"It's a pleasure to be able to control my own destiny and not have to argue with decisions other people make.

"Obviously I'm not playing the big arenas like I would have with KISS, but you know, everything is a trade-off in life. I'm much happier now."

Frehley said fans could expect a selection of KISS songs and some of his own material, including tracks from his latest solo album Anomaly.

"I'll be doing a cross section of stuff I've written over the years, like Cold Gin and Shock Me, a couple of KISS classics that I didn't write, and I think I'm going to include Talk To Me in the set, which I know was kind of a hit here," he said.

"Australia has always been a great place for KISS, and for me, and I can't wait to kick some butt on stage, turn the amps up and let it go."

During his two weeks in Australia, the famous rock and roller is also hoping to get in a bit of R and R.

"It will give me a chance to enjoy the beautiful countryside and all the sightseeing in Australia, lay on the beach, shop, go to casinos, and if I can get hold of a motorcycle I'd love to go for a ride," he said.