On Friday night I drove out to Wilkes-Barre to see Ace Frehley perform and meet him after the show. My friend and I had planned on going to Ace’s show in New Hope the weekend prior but it was cancelled last-minute because Ace was feeling under the weather. With the recent release of his new album, Ace has been pushing himself hard to make appearances, perform shows and handle a myriad of media opportunities. This hectic schedule took its toll on Ace and he was rushed to the hospital following his performance in Wilkes-Barre. While Ace’s meet and greet after the Wilkes-Barre show was understandably cancelled as a result of this health scare, I’m happy to report that “Space Ace” has been released from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and is back home in Southern California recuperating.
Prior to his concert on Friday in Wilkes-Barre, Ace did an autograph signing for his new album at FYE at the Wyoming Valley Mall. He was greeted by hundreds of fans, including yours truly, and Ace was in great spirits. He was smiling, laughing and having a good time. I had Ace autograph a couple albums, one for my friend and the other for myself, and I told him I was looking forward to seeing him backstage after the show. As you can see from the setlist below and the videos in this post, Ace and his band put on a killer show filled with KISS standards, stellar solo cuts and even a track from his new album: “Emerald.” The only songs sacrificed by Ace during the set were the two encores because he simply couldn’t go on and needed medical attention.
While I wasn’t able to meet Ace after his show for the second time in a row, clearly this was the result of him not being healthy because he was pushing himself to hard. Ace’s health is what’s most important and I’m glad he’s on the mend. I’m sure once the spaceman is fully recharged and ready to rock he’ll make it up to the fans that missed out on meeting him. Until then, we’ve got a killer new album from “Space Ace” to enjoy!