Ace Frehley, played a show on November 26, 2014 at the Keswick Theater.The weatherman predicted a snowstorm, but that melted as soon as it hit the ground, especially around the time that Ace was about to hit the stage. Coincidence or not, This band was on fire. In fact, had I known it would be this good, I would have made the two hour trek to New York to have witnessed this spectacle twice. Ace has a new CD out called Space Invader. Quite a few songs from this new record were played live, including the title track and “Gimmie Me A Feelin”.
Frehley has a lot of material to chose from and some of it got played and some songs got left off the set list. “Trouble Walkin'”, “Hard Times”, “Insane” for example could not be played. That is why Ace needs to come out with no opening act, hit the stage at 8:00 p.m and leave at 11:00 p.m. The songs they did cover, like “Rock Soldiers”, “Shock Me” and , “Parasite”. were done well. The band was tight, running around on stage, interacting with the crowd. Ace, in a rare move fist bumped members of the crowd. Chris Wyse, ( bass) and Ritchie Scarlett, (guitar) were all over the stage. Guitar picks were tossed to the crowd in abundance. At least 200 picks flew off the stage that night combined.
Prior to the show,there was a brief meet and greet for fans that paid. You can go to Ace’s website to buy VIP tickets as this tour has been extended. Priot to the tour starting, Ace gave an interview before the tour started. While the interview deals with the Keswick show, the article itself is still relevant as it deals with his tour.
Ace rose to fame as the lead guitarist for KISS. While he has been out of the band since 2000, his show last night incorporated the smoking guitar effect which is always a crowd pleaser. Ace did not use explosions or fire during this tour. More than half the tunes played were KISS songs. They closed with “Duece”.
On drums was Scott Coogan, who Ace affectionately called “Coogie Monster”. He took over lead vocals on several songs as well as play drums. While the weather kept some people home, those that came out got their money’s worth. There were empty seats but those that were there made more than enough noise to fill the empty seats.
If you were thinking about seeing Ace, don’t think about it, go. His former band, Frehley’s Comet was a true name, as his appearances are rare. While in the mid 80’s to early 90’s Ace toured a lot and was a fixture in this area, this is the first show in 21 years that was in the Philadelphia region. Sorry, Atlantic City and Allentown do not count.
Ace was selling copies of his book No Regrets in the lobby,which was previously autographed and well as CD’s and t shirts.
THIS ARTICLE AND ALL PHOTOS ARE COPYRIGHT BY ALEX LLOYD GROSS AND MAY NOT BE REPUBLISHED OR RE POSTED WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION.LINKING BACK TO THIS PAGE IS PERMITTED AND ENCOURAGED.