Ace Frehley LIVE
The original Spaceman crashlanded in SoCal Saturday for a rollicking night of classic rock tunes from both his solo catalogue and from his roughly 15 year on-and-off tenure with KISS.
Ace hit the stage with the new and improved Ace Frehley Band, including Jeremy Asbrock and Ryan Cook on guitars, Phil Shows on bass, and Matt Starr behind the drumkit. While the new members were on fire, Ace being Ace was just okay. He was not ever known for being the best live singer, but to make up for his questionable vocals, Ace would put his best foot forward with his iconic (sometimes sloppy) guitar playing and crowd-pleasing, quirky stage banter.
The band backing him up was tight, and if their mission was to blow the roof off of the Canyon Club then they succeeded in spades… “Ace” of spades to be exact.
Ace Frehley Band Set List Choices
The setlist proved to be quite eclectic and members took lead vocals on a few KISS songs. Again, with his own singing voice being an acquired taste, Ace was more than happy to let his new members shine at the mic. Ace’s strength is still his spacey guitar playing and last night he didn’t miss a lick. All of his classic riffs were on display and the crowd was cheering every single one.
From the opening notes of the classic “Rip It Out” the audience was immediately in the palm of Ace’s hand. The 15-song set was packed with some of The Spaceman’s best loved songs including “Rocket Ride,” “Shock Me,” “Rock Soldiers” “Hard Times” and the cover tunes he made famous with “2,000 Man” (The Rolling Stones) and “New York Groove” (Hello).
The odd choices in the setlist included “Love Gun,” and both of the encore tunes: “Detroit Rock City” and “Deuce.” All three of these are classic KISS songs but Ace didn’t write or sing on the original versions. Given his vast catalogue, this reviewer would have rather heard three more Frehley solo songs instead. That may be nitpicky on my part, as the crowd ate up every second of it and Ace and the band were sent off into the night with an enthusiastic standing ovation.
Ace and Friends
Those audience members with a keen eye easily spotted Nikki Sixx and guitarist John 5 watching the show from the sidelines. Sure enough they were rewarded when John 5 joined Ace on stage for a rousing rendition of the KISS show-stopper “Cold Gin.”
While KISS prepares to embark on what has been touted as their “End Of The Road Tour” with replacement players wearing the classic make-up it was a pleasure to witness one of the original members still carrying the torch and keeping alive the music he helped to create.
Ace Frehley Canyon Club Set List
Rip It Out
Rockin’ With The Boys
New York Groove
Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
Cold Gin (with John 5)
Detroit Rock City
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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.