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I Met Space Ace!!: Ace Frehley Concert Review

A dream came true for me last night.
I met my favorite guitar player ever.
Mr. Ace Frehley, original lead guitarist and founding member of my favorite band KISS.
I went with my best friend Jamie and my cousin Zachary to Louisville, Kentucky to see Space Ace with his solo band play at The Mercury Ballroom.
Ace and his band played a very rocking set, featuring several of Ace’s KISS songs, a couple KISS songs originally sung by Paul Stanley, but in Ace’s band, they’re sung by his drummer Scott Coogan.
Ace played several solo songs, too, and a very cool cover of Thin Lizzy’s Emerald.
This song is on Ace’s new album Origins Volume 1.
Ace also did his smoking guitar solo, like he always did in KISS.
But that’s just part of what was a fun night out with friends and seeing one of my heroes, who I had not seen in 16 years, when he was still in KISS.
I paid for Ace’s VIP, which enabled me to go onto to Ace’s tour bus, talk to him, get several things signed, and get my picture taken with the man.
Now, I was definitely star struck, but I played it as cool as possible, and tried not to get too gushy on him.
We actually talked about Edwin Lionel Meadows , AKA Punky Meadows, whose a Facebook friend of mine and plays guitar for a band called Angel, who were on KISS’ record label in the 70s.
Punky has a great new solo album out.
I told Punky I was going to meet Ace, and he told me to say hey to him.
Well Punky, I kept my word.
Ace asked me if I heard Punky’s new album.
I said I did and really like it (called Fallen Angel), and that it’s one of my favorite albums of the year.
Ace told me he needed to check it out.
Ace asked me where I was from.
I told him I was from Ashland, Kentucky, and I told him I had not seen him since 2000, when he played with KISS in Charleston, WV.
When our pic was taken, Ace said “Get ready for the big picture”.
I told him thank you for doing this.
He said “it’s my pleasure” and “to get home safe”.
These are moments I live for.
I can actually say that I met one of my biggest heroes and that he was nice to me.
That means the world to me.
Just seeing him rock out is enough reward for me, but to have actually met him and talked to him is simply the best feeling I may ever have.
And I mean that.
Wow! What a year this has been.
And believe it or not, I’m not quite done yet.
But this was/is a true happy life moment for me.
I hope you enjoyed reading this almost as much as I did living it.
Love and Peace, and as KISS say, “Rock And Roll All Night, and Party Every Day”.

Ace Frehley Set List:

  1. Rip It Out
  2. Toys
  3. Rocket Ride
  4. Love Gun (sung by Ace’s drummer Scott Coogan, who also played in a band with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Tracii Guns of LA Guns called Brides Of Destruction.)
  5. Snowblind
  6. Sister
  7. Emerald (Thin Lizzy cover)
  8. Bring It On Home (Willie Dixon cover, most famously done by Led Zeppelin.)
  9. Rock Soldiers
  10. Chris Wyse Bass Solo
  11. Strange Ways (sung by Chris Wyse)
  12. New York Groove
  13. 2 Young To Die (sung by Ace’s other guitarist Richie Scarlet, who has played with Ace on and off for over 25 years.)
  14. Shock Me
  15. Ace’s Smoking Guitar Solo!
  16. Cold Gin
  17. Encore: Detroit Rock City (sung by Scott Coogan)
  18. Deuce

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