Guitarist Ace Frehley might not be able to get a ton of respect from his former band KISS, but he was able to turn in a favor for his first solo album in almost five years. Space Invader, which is due out in June. Ken Kelly, who drew the iconic KISS album covers Destroyer and Love Gun in 1976 and 1977, respectively, drew the cover for the new album, which features Ace on a stairway ascending to a rocket ship. You’ve likely also seen his artwork on Coheed and Cambria, Manowar and Rainbow album covers, as well as Conan The Barbarian and Tarzan novels.
“I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened,” Frehley told Rolling Stone. “I couldn’t be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world.” In addition to nine original songs, the album is said to contain a cover of Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker.”
Space Invader is due out later this year on eOne.