Ace Frehley is an iconic rock and roll hall of famer. The former six string slayer for Kiss has been rocking crowds and melting faces for the better part of 40 years and this past Saturday night the Space Ace landed in Neptune for the last show on this leg of his Space Invaders tour. Ace is synonymous with the great guitarists of all time. The likes of Eddie Van Halen and others have pointed to him as an influence.

The crowd, both young and old, was lined down the street. There were several die hards dressed in Kiss garb complete with faceprint waiting in anticipation for the doors to open. The sold out Neptune Theater in Seattle was primed and about to get a lesson in rock and roll history. The lights dimmed and class was immediately in session.

Frehley powered straight into Parasite to get the crowd instantly rocking. There is no doubt about it; The dude can still rock. The incredible 75 minute set was peppered with classic KISS tracks, amazing Ace Solos and some awesome covers. One of the many standout moments would have put Phil Lynott on cloud 9. It was the epic cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald.”

Every member of the band was in top form with Chris Wyse proving that he is indeed one of the best bass players in the world. They scorched through Rock Soldiers,  Strange Ways and an incredible, classic Ace six string shredding before being joined on stage by Mike McCready for some Cold Gin. See the full set list below.

It was a great night of music and to see Ace Frehley live is something every rock fan has to do. Ace and his band did not disappoint the capacity crowd. There was no seat empty in the Neptune Theater for his encore. There are few guitarists alive that can do what Ace can do. It has been 40 years of rocking and a decade clean and sober and his song writing is still spectacular and his live performance is still second to none.

Is there a reunion in the future? Nobody knows for sure but, it doesn’t hurt to hope.

New York Groove Ace Frehley Live in Seattle:

Mike McCready & Ace Frehley Rocking Cold Gin:


Rip It Out
Emerald(Thin Lizzy cover)
Love Gun
Rocket Ride
Bring It On Home(Willie Dixon cover)
Rock Soldiers
Strange Ways
New York Groove(Hello cover)
2 Young 2 Die
Shock Me
Ace Guitar Solo
Cold Gin w/Mike McCready

Detroit Rock City

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Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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