Live Photos and Gig Review Credit: © Robert Cavuoto
Ace Frehley, Space Invader – Blasting Off at NYC Listening Party!
The one and only Space Man – Ace Frehley, came from a distant galaxy to the Gibson Show Room in New York City for a media listening party on Wednesday, August 13th.
Ace will be releasing his newest CD, Space Invader, via Entertainment One Music [eOne Music] on August 19th. It’s the follow-up CD to his 2009 release, Anomaly and features eleven new original songs and one cover tune.
Ace made a grand entrance at the VIP event, looking healthy and sharp; wearing a shiny blue blazer, leather pants, and leopard boots. He approached the microphone with his gravity defying stage swagger –star wattage at its best – and went on to thank everyone for attending. He briefly told us a little about the hard work that went into making this CD happen. He was in great spirits tonight, laughing and joking with everyone in attendance as well as taking photos. All that was missing was his smoking Les Paul!
Space Invader is a fantastic CD that captures the magic and fun spirit from his 1977 solo CD. The first single “Gimme a Feelin” will sure to hit all Kiss fans in the sweet spot with its classic Kiss groove married with Ace’s unique vocal style. It doesn’t hurt that it was co-written with long time Kiss aficionado and guitarist, John Ostrosky. Ace shows the world that he still has his chops and provides his searing trademark guitar leads on such the fast paced tunes as “Space Invader”. He even puts a modern spin on Steve Miller’s, “The Joker” and makes it his own. When it comes to writing catchy melodic riffs, Ace delivers the goods with “I Wanna Hold You” and “Immortal Pleasures”.
No Ace solo CD would be complete without an instrumental, as expected he has one on called “Starphip.”A moody ethereal instrumental, layered in rich guitar tones and textures and an overlaying melodic lead.
For the cover artwork, Ace tapped longtime friend and artist, Ken Kelly. Ken created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPs; Destroyer and Love Gun. He and VH1 That Metal Show / Radio DJ, Eddie Trunk, were both in attendance to celebrate the new release.
Space Invader provides powerhouse guitar riffs and flame throwing solos that validate Ace’s title as one of the all-time great guitarists. The songs are well written, well performed, and well produced. This should be a strong release for Ace with a Fall tour expected. If there were any demons to be exorcized with this CD or prove a point – Ace has come out on top again!