Ace Frehley Performs With Pearl Jams Mike McCready . Video
PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready joined original KISS axeman Ace Frehley on stage last night (Saturday, February 11) at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, Washington to perform the KISS classic “Cold Gin”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
McCready, who made a guest appearance on Frehley‘s all-star covers LP “Origins Vol. 1”, told Rolling Stone in a 2014 interview that KISS was a major influence on him when he was growing up. “‘Black Diamond’ blew my mind,” he said. “Ace Frehley came onstage and did it with us at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, which was a total high watermark in my life. When I was 13, I never thought in a million years that I would even talk to him; I’d probably pass out. And here I am playing with him!”
He added: “Ace was their firecracker, their dynamite. He’s what took them over the top with the feel he put into his leads. I really gravitated towards his vibrato. My lead for ‘Alive’ is based on ‘She’, and that’s based on ‘Five To One’ by THE DOORS. I remember we were in Surrey, England. I thought about it like, ‘I’m going to approach this like Ace did on ‘She’.’ And I remember the chord pattern that Stone [Gossard] wrote lent it to that kind of a descending pattern. So I kind for went with it. And then I improvised from there.”
Rumors about Frehley‘s return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE‘s “Fire And Water” in what was their first collaboration since 1998’s “Psycho Circus”.
Frehley‘s version of “Fire And Water” appears on “Origins Vol. 1”, which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.