A ridiculously talented lineup of Ace Frehley, Richie Scarlet, Scot Coogan and Chris Wyse took the stage for around two hours last Saturday in Binghamton, NY- and not one concert goer left the venue disappointed.
The band performed a great variety of songs from Ace’s repertoire, focusing on his work both with Kiss and solo. Ace delivered vocals on songs such as “Cold Gin”, “Toys”, “Rip It Out”, “Rocket Ride” and more, while Richie Scarlet provided vocals for “2 Young 2 Die”- a track off of Ace’s 1989 release, Trouble Walkin’ . Drummer Scot Coogan blew away the crowd with his spot on vocals when he sang the lead on the more ‘Paul Stanley’ oriented Kiss songs- “Detroit Rock City”, “Love Gun” and less than a handful of others. As a huge Kiss fan, I’ve gone to see the band regardless of who is in the lineup and although Tommy Thayer may do a good job performing “Shock Me”, I can wholeheartedly say that there is nothing comparable to seeing the original Space Ace do it. It goes without saying that Ace’s guitar solo was second to none, seeing him smoke his guitar for the first time was monumental for me. The presence Ace brought to the stage was strong; somewhere between standing in front of a rock god and standing in the presence of a laid back guy who isn’t afraid to crack a few jokes (as Ace is notorious for doing). Ace gained quite a few laughs by introducing “Snowblind” as “a song about cocaine”.
Performance wise, I’ve got to give extra props to Richie Scarlet who gave an outpouring of energy to the crowd, as well as Scot Coogan who tried his best to interact with the crowd from behind his drum kit. The onstage chemistry was great and the crowd interaction was good as well, guitar picks were flying left and right for the entirety of the night. Chris Wyse performed an excellent bass solo about mid-set; it was clear to see that he was not only naturally talented, but also very well practiced.
The encore consisted of “Detroit Rock City” followed by “Deuce”- two Kiss classics that surely pleased the crowd. Overall, it was a great show and each and every band member delivered to the best of their ability. The music created by Ace Frehley has truly stood the test of time; this is definitely a show you don’t want to miss.