Back in April 2018, Ace Frehley released his first single from his upcoming (yet unannounced) album. The day was actually April 27th which was Ace’s birthday…do you think they planned that?? This the first new track since his 2014 album ‘Space Invaders’. He did have a new album back in 2016, but it was a cover’s album so nothing new there.
The reception of the new music was so great, that a special limited edition 12″ Single has now been released (3 months later). They had no intentions of releasing a physical copy of the song, but the people spoke and Ace & the record company listened and BAM!! Physical product.
I was able to pick up one of these Limited Numbered Edition 12″ Singles with the White/Black Marble vinyl. And they weren’t kidding about being numbered. I am #3701 out of #4000, I believe.
The new song “Bronx Boy” is a heavy guitar driven track…what else would you expect, it is Ace “freakin’ Frehley. There is a raw, grittiness to the song that harkens back to his early days growing up in the Bronx, New York. The song opens with a quick, nasty guitar riff and jumps right into the vocals describing Ace’s life as a “street kid” and his “street life”. The vocals are rough and classic Ace which is what is great about the song. Plus, the guitar solo is what we know and love from the Spaceman and he doesn’t disappoint.
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Back in 1984, Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams wrote a fun song about a young lady that was about to marry her Prince…literally. The song was about Princess Diana or so it is assumed. The song is taken from the viewpoint of a gentleman who had seen Diana in a magazine and then on TV and fell in love with her. “Diana” was his profession of that love for her and he begged her to leave the life she was about to enter and be with him.
We know that she didn’t do that, sadly, as she might still be with us today. “Diana” was supposed to be on Bryan’s album ‘Reckless’; however, he left it off as he didn’t want to upset the Royal Family. He also probably didn’t want to make them mad and screw up his dual Canadian & British citizenship. The song has actually never been released on any Bryan Adams album or compilation. It is probably his most popular non-album song.
“Diana” was released as a B-Side to the song “Heaven” and it was released as this very special 12″ 3 Song E.P. which I came across in a collection of vinyl I picked up. Bryan used to play the song in concert on a regular basis, but upon Princess Diana’s death he has since put the song to pasture and no longer plays it live. I did find a rumor that stated that Bryan actually did date Diana after her split from Prince Charles. Now of course, it is solely a rumor and has never been stated as fact by Bryan or anyone from Diana’s camp. It was a rumor started by one of Bryan’s ex-girlfriends.
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