December 5 [10:00 EDT] -- Kiss management has confirmed that the band will be heading into the studio with Canadian producer Bruce Fairbairn early in the new year to record a new album with the original Kiss line-up: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Fellow production whiz (and fellow Canadian) Bob Ezrin will also be on hand to help with co-writing and arrangements. The band begins rehearsals and pre-production in Los Angeles in early January. They expect the record to be released in late spring or early summer.
A report in the Advertising Age magazine says the CD will be titled "Psycho Circus," like their recently launched comic book series. The moniker is also expected to inspire set the merchandising and staging themes. Early plans are said to include a pre-show carnival.
The Kiss reunion tour ended up as one of the top draws of the year and will again hit the road in 1998. Frehley told one fan that it was possible the band would be
staging some sort of giant 4th of July concert, but brushed off Internet reports that it would be taking place in Roswell, New Mexico, the alleged UFO landing site.
Meanwhile, Frehley may have rejoined Kiss, but it hasn't stopped his profile as a solo artist. Frehley's Comet will be releasing "Loaded Deck," a greatest hits compilation album with six new tracks, January 20.
Shock Records issued an unofficial Frehley tribute album last month called "Return of the Comet" that featured members and former members of Kiss, Frehley's Comet, Guns n' Roses, Pantera, Soundgarden, Cheap Trick, President's of the United States, The Posies, The Fastbacks and Pride & Glory. Two tracks by Sabastian Bach and friends will appear on the Japanese version of the record but couldn't be included on the American version as scheduled because of a mastering glitch.
And former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick and former Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi, who like Kulick was turfed
from his band when the original members regrouped, are calling their new project 'Union.' Also included are drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Jamie Hunter. Their as yet untitled album is due out February 24.