Photos and Review by Jim LaValley
Galleries: Ace Frehley, Like It
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and founding Kiss guitarist spaceman Ace Frehley landed in New Bedford to play in the Greasy Luck’s Vault to a sold-out enthusiastic crowd. You could tell hardcore Kiss fans showed up as you look around, there were fans dressed up as Ace and numerous fans with old memorabilia hoping to have Ace sign them.
“Like It” opened the show with Ace’s manager John Ostronomy on guitar and Jamie Ross on guitar/vocals who kicked out some groovy rock-n-roll that fit in perfectly to prepare the sold-out crowd for some Ace to come.
Ace has inspired so many guitar greats over the years including, Eddie Van Halen, John5, Jason Hook, Mike McCready, and Dimebag who picked up the guitar because of Ace just to name a few.
When Ace showed up at the Greasy Luck he literally walked right on stage to kick off the show (i.e., from showing up and playing onstage was only like a 120 second duration), which was cool to witness. They opened up the night with “Rip It Out” from Ace’s debut album in 1978. Their setlist contained a nice mixture of newer and older material including, “Shock Me,” “New York Groove,” “Mission to Mars,” and they ended the night with Kiss’ tunes “Cold Gin,” “Detroit Rock City,” and “Deuce.” Ace’s new band consists of Ryan Cook on guitar, Jeremy Asbrock on guitar, Phil Shouse on bass guitar, and Matt Starr on drums. Ace’s classic riffs were on full display and the fans loved it.
For fans interested in Ace’s new material, you can check out the new album “Spaceman” and his new cartoon video for “Mission to Mars.” It was great to see such an icon, he is winding down on this tour but you could still check out the last date of the Spaceman tour in Illinois Aug 1, 2019.