Ace Frehley Performs to a Sold Out Neptune Theater

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February 13, 2017  The Spaceman, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and former original guitarist of KISS, Ace Frehley, performed to a packed Neptune Theater on a chilly Seattle Saturday night. Many lifelong fans, as well as some newer younger fans, lined the sidewalk a few hours ahead of the show, wanting to grab a prime spot within the standing room only venue. Frehley is currently touring in support of his latest release, Origins Vol 1.

As the house lights dimmed, and the song “Fractured Mirror” from Frehely’s solo KISS album played through the PA system, one by one the band made their way to the stage – starting with drummer Scot Coogan; followed by bassist Chris Wyse and guitarist Richie Scarlet. Finally Frehley made his way on stage and the crowd roared with approval as the band jumped into the KISS classic “Parasite”, followed by “Toys” off of Frehley’s album Space Invader. Frehley thanked the audience for coming out before launching into “Rip It Out”.

The evening song selection was comprised of many familiar KISS songs such as “Love Gun” and “Shock Me”, which concluded with Frehley’s Gibson Les Paul and its signature smoking pickups; along with many selections off of his solo albums including “Snow Blind”, “Rocket Ride”, “Rock Soldiers” and “New York Groove”, in which Frehley played a white Les Paul guitar with circular bright lights that randomly illuminated as he played.

Of course, Frehley and company played a handful of selections off of Origins, Vol 1, including “Emerald” by Thin Lizzy, and “Bring it on Home” by Led Zepplin. Frehley then introduced Mike McCready from home town heroes, Pearl Jam, as the band with McCready on guitar, launched into a scorching rendition of KISS’ “Cold Gin”, in which the audience played the part of lead singer, with Wyse, Frehley and Scarlett providing the backup vocals during the songs’ chorus. The band concluded their set, with many a fan screaming, foot stomping, whistling and yelling for one more.

As the band made their way back to the stage for their encore, they proceeded to play “Detroit Rock City” and “Deuce”. The band played an outstanding two hour set that was amazing to witness.

Getting the evening started was eighties glam band Enuff Z’Nuff, which is currently made up of Chip Z’Nuff (bass / vocals). Tory Stoffregen (guitar), Tony Fennell (guitar) and Dan Hill (drums). The band played a quick set, which included “Baby Loves You”, “In the Groove”, “Fly High Michelle” and finishing with the track they are best known for, “New Thing”.

Ace Frehley Setlist:
Parasite (KISS song)
Toys
Rip It Out (KISS song)
Emerald (Thin Lizzy cover)
Love Gun (KISS song)
Snowblind (KISS song)
Rocket Ride (KISS song)
Bring It On Home (Willie Dixon cover)
Rock Soldiers
Strange Ways (KISS song)
New York Groove (Hello cover)
2 Young 2 Die
Shock Me (KISS song)
Cold Gin (KISS song)

Encore:
Detroit Rock City (KISS song)
Deuce (KISS song)

Review by Mike Baltierra

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