As Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley gears up for a big tour with Alice Cooper in Australia next month, he had some warm up dates around the New York area this past week. One of the shows that was highlighted on the calendar was the show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie. Frehley has played there numerous times over the years but unfortunately had to cancel last year’s date due to some unforeseen medical issues. With a clean bill of health, Frehley and his band (Richie Scarlet on guitar, Scott Coogan on drums and Chris Wyse on bass) were ready to give the eager crowd a heavy dose of good ole fashion rock and roll. What made the show even more appetizing was the opening band Four by Fate. That band consists of former Frehley’s Comet band members Tod Haworth and John Regan. The guys acknowledged there would be some sort of special reunion and it did happen but we will get to that in a bit.  I should also mention Frehley just celebrated 11 years of sobriety and looks more physically fit now than he has in years.  

Around 9:30 pm, longtime Frehley tour manger John Ostronomy introduced the band and they came out ready to go as they kicked into the KISS gem “Parasite.” Scarlett who is the ultimate showman, made an immediate connection with the crowd as he gazed at them playing his guitar right at the edge of the stage. He and Frehley were a perfect complement with each other. As you can see, years of playing on and off with each other and getting to know each other tendencies pays off.

Wyse enjoyed the spotlight as well as he gave an impressive bass solo. For the songs that required a higher vocal range, drummer Scott Coogan was more than up to the task to handle those duties. He sang leads on “Love Gun” and “Detroit Rock City.”

Frehley incorporated a wide range of songs that included his solo material, cover material and KISS material. He of course brought out the guitar that lights up for the track “New York Groove.” As everyone knows Frehley for and always the highlight of any of his shows is the smoking guitar that he brings out for “Shock Me.” This is always a crowd pleaser and no matter how many times you see it, it never gets old.

Scarlett took lead vocals on “2 Young to Die” and dedicated it to the late great Eric Carr (who ironically is laid to rest right up the road about 20 minutes away in Newburgh, NY).

The part of the show that was highly anticipated and came to fruition was the partial reunion of Frehley’s Comet members as Haworth and Regan joined Frehley for “Rock Soldiers.” Coogan remained as original drummer Anton Fig couldn’t join them but still, it was cool to see Regan and Haworth up front and center playing with Frehley. All 3 had wide smiles and it was like putting on an old shoe. The 3 along with Coogan did a bang-up job as the fans ate it up. Those guys remained and were joined by Scarlet, Wyse and lead guitarist for Four by Fate Patrick James for “Cold Gin.”

The band left and then came back for the encore with the 2 KISS classics ‘Detroit Rock City” and “Deuce.”

Frehley still sounds great and probably plays now with more enthusiasm than he ever has. What a night for The Chance to have this show and to host the partial Frehley’s Comet reunion. The fans down under are in for a real treat!

 

Setlist:

Parasite (KISS cover)

Toys

Rip it Out

Emerald (Thin Lizzy cover)

Love Gun (KISS cover)

Rocket Ride (KISS cover)

Sister

Bass solo

Strange Ways (KISS cover)

New York Groove (Hello cover)

2 Young 2 Die

Shock Me (KISS cover)

Ace Frehley guitar solo

Rock Soldiers (partial Frehley’s comet reunion with John Regan and Tod Haworth)

Cold Gin (partial Frehley’s comet reunion with John Regan and Tod Haworth along with Patrcik James)

Encore:

Detroit Rock City (KISS cover)

Deuce (KISS cover)

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We would like to thank John Ostronomy from Ace’s management team and Frank Pallet from The Chance for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.