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Red Fang 2015 – Review
ACE FREHLEY
Astor Theatre - Perth, Australia
May 7th 2015




It's been a long time between visits to our shores for the Space Ace, last here in February 2010 on the Anomaly tour he blew Fremantle away, and this time there is an even better album to showcase in 'Space Invader' - arguably his best record since that 1978 solo album. Kiss of course is here later in the year and tonight you can't help but wonder what they would be like if they still had his 'X-Factor' as part of their show.

Set List: Fractured Mirror (intro) | Rocket Ride | Gimme a Feelin' | Toys | Parasite | Snowblind | Love Gun | Breakout | Space Invader | King of the Night Time World | Strutter | 2000 Man | Rock Soldiers | Bass Solo | Strange Ways | Talk to Me | New York Groove | 2 Young 2 Die | Shock Me (Ace Guitar Solo) | Deuce
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Tonight at The Astor, a room with a great sound that is getting an increasing number of Rock shows Ace is in fine form, still of course rather 'loose' just as we want him to be, he brings a set that is markedly different from his last visit.




Before the main act sets the stage alight though, both local supports - Legs Electric and Psychonaut acquit themselves well with the partisan crowd, both bands deserve to be there and hopefully take away a host of new fans.




Come show-time though the crowd is more than ready and Ace is in great form running through both early Kiss classic tracks, vintage solo material including both tracks from that 1978 masterpiece and later Frehley's Comet material and new songs from Space Invader, which fit in seamlessly.




Of course it's the vintage material that most are here for though, and that comes both in the form of Ace's Kiss set-pieces like 'Rocket Ride' and 'Shock Me' which includes a show-stopping solo replete with the usual pyrotechnics; and Paul Stanley gems like 'King of the Night Time World' and 'Love Gun' which of course feature memorable Ace solos. There's also the Ace-penned 'Strange Ways' from Kiss' Hotter Than Hell but sadly not perhaps his finest early Kiss moment 'Cold Gin'.




Backed on the night by a great band comprising the talents of Richie Scarlett on guitar and Scott Coogan on drums, 2015 is looking like another vintage year for Ace.




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Review by The Rockpit
Photos by Elspeth Erickson - Elspeth Erickson Photography