Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will rock his classic hit “New York Groove” during the pre-game festivities at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, as the Buffalo Sabres battle the New York Rangers at New York’s Citi Field. The song is played at Citi Field following every home win by the New York Mets. Also scheduled to perform at the outdoor hockey game are GOO GOO DOLLS and E STREET BAND drummer Max Weinberg.
The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET, continuing the tradition the league established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the New Year, with this year’s edition marking the 10th anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo.
Ace recently collaborated with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons on two songs for the former KISS guitarist’s next solo album.
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”, marking their first collaboration since 1998’s “Psycho Circus”.
Frehley‘s version of “Fire And Water” appears on his covers collection “Origins, Vol 1”, which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.
Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS‘s original lineup.