Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley joined FLIGHT TO MARS, a UFO cover band featuring PEARL JAM lead guitarist Mike McCready, on stage on May 15 at the Casbah in San Diego, California to perform a cover version of the KISS classic “Black Diamond”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
Joining McCready in FLIGHT TO MARS are friends and fellow Seattle-area musicians Tim DiJulio (guitar), Gary Westlake (bass), Mike Musburger (drums) and Paul Passereli (vocals).
FLIGHT TO MARS is currently touring in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The tour kicked off on May 14 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California and wraps on May 23 in the band’s hometown of Seattle at the Showbox at the Market. Proceeds from the tour will benefit Crohn’s And Colitis Foundation Of America‘s Camp Oasis and Advocacy For Patients With Chronic Illness — two non-profits that McCready has supported for nearly a decade.
In 2002 McCready made public his 20-year battle with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis and has since been committed to raising awareness and funding for CCFA. “As a patient living with Crohn’s and colitis, the CCFA has played a huge part in helping me get the support and information that I need,” says McCready. “I’m grateful that my bandmates and friends can support and join me for a night of music and fun that will help us find a cure for these debilitating diseases.”