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Review: Ace Frehley’s Space Invader Tour

Meeting "Space Ace" in Glenside, PA before his show at The Keswick.

Meeting “Space Ace” in Glenside, PA before his show at The Keswick.

I never had a chance to see Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist of KISS, perform with the band. By the time I started attending KISS shows, Tommy Thayer was the new “Space Man.” So, when Ace announced the tour for his new solo album – Space Invader – I was ready to finally see him live.

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Over the past week, I saw Ace Frehley twice – in Atlantic City last Saturday and in Glenside last night. Both shows were awesome, with set lists that included more than 20 songs that covered his career in and out of KISS. And lead vocals were shared by everyone in Ace’s stellar solo band.

With Ace backstage in Atlantic City before his show at The Borgota.

With Ace backstage in Atlantic City before his show at The Borgota.

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I got to go backstage and meet Ace at both shows and it was a good experience both times. I left with autographed merchandise, guitar picks and more; and Ace was pleasant to speak with, especially at the show in Glenside. We chatted about his new album, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and how he travels from show to show.

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I’m thrilled I had the opportunity to meet Ace and see him perform live twice over the past week. He put on great shows, was nice to fans backstage and exceeded my expectations in every way. If you get a chance to see “Space Ace” live, go for it. Whether you’re a fan of KISS or Ace, you’ll have a blast.

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7 thoughts on “Review: Ace Frehley’s Space Invader Tour

  1. Nice review and thanks for the video. Love Ace’s new CD. So nice to see him doing so well.

  2. I had a blast at Glenside too. What time did the VIP meet and greets start? Seems like they cut into the start times at both shows you went to and were why he didn’t play as much as at some of the other shows (especially in AC).

    • They started right before the opening act finished. At AC it was even worse. They are very disorganized. And you’re correct, the fact that they all run late means Ace can’t perform as many songs.

      • Thanks. It seemed very strange to see everyone lined up against the wall during the opening act. It is a shame they aren’t able to get that done sooner. Glad it was still a good show.

  3. Brian lepsik on said:

    I just moved to Pa. From Ct. Got tickets to glenside thinkin it was close to pittsburgh. I should got ones for greensburg show on 15th. Drive was to long w bad weather & new to area. So glad see your pics & read your notes thanks. I’ve seen him b4 over years but it’s always diff ea. time. Thanks again

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