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Ace Frehley Releasing Expanded Version of "Anomaly"

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Ace Frehley will re-release his 2009 album Anomaly in September ahead of his Australian tour in October.

Anomaly was Frehley’s fifth solo album. Frehley worked on the album with Marti Frederiksen, who fronted the fictitious band Stillwater in the movie Almost Famous.

The new edition of the album has been expanded. “I think this new edition of the album is great – a special treat for the fans,” says Frehley. “And, with the bonus tracks, they’ll get a little more insight into how the album came together.”

Among the new tracks are two previously unreleased demos: Hard for Me, which was later reworked into the album’s Foxy and Free, and an early take of Pain in The Neck, different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included is the previously digital-only Anomaly bonus track The Return of Space Bear.

Anomaly came 21 years after Frehley’s previous album Trouble Walkin'. “There was a lot of pressure on me, because I hadn’t done an album in 20 years,” explains Frehley. “I wasn’t sure it wasn’t going to be well-received. Luckily, it was!”

The track list:
  • Foxy & Free
  • Outer Space
  • Pain In The Neck
  • Fox On The Run
  • Genghis Khan
  • Too Many Faces
  • Change The World
  • Space Bear (Extended)
  • A Little Below The Angels
  • Sister
  • It’s A Great Life
  • Fractured Quantum
  • Hard For Me (Bonus)
  • Pain In The Neck (Bonus – Slower Version)
  • The Return of Space Bear (Bonus)

Gene Simmons will appear on Ace’s next album. “I am writing for my next studio album,” he begins, “Gene came over my house to write – it went fantastic. In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my (next) record. I’m thrilled.” The occasion was momentous for another reason: “it was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober,” he reveals, “and it was a pleasure.”

Upcoming 2017 U.S. Dates

  • 07/20 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
  • 07/21 - Melbourne, FL - King Center of the Performing Arts
  • 07/22 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live (Co-headlining with RATT)
  • 08/19 - Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Fest, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • 09/16 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Ace Frehley will tour Australia with Alice Cooper. “I have not been to Australia in a while,” he says, “Alice and I have been friends since the ’70s, and playing with him is going to be bigger and better.”
Australia and New Zealand 2017 Dates with Alice Cooper

Australian and New Zealand dates:
  • 10/17 - Perth, Australia - Arena
  • 10/19 - Adelaide, Australia - The Barton Theatre
  • 10/20 - Melbourne, Australia - Margaret Court Arena
  • 10/21 - Sydney, Australia - Hordern Pavillion
  • 10/23 - Canberra, Australia - AIS Arena
  • 10/24 - Newcastle, Australia - Entertainment Centre
  • 10/25 - Brisbane, Australia - Convention Centre
  • 10/27 - Auckland, New Zealand - The Trusts Arena
  • 10/28 - Wellington, New Zealand - TSB Bank Arena