Having been a KISS fan since a year that I no longer choose to disclose, I could not resist the chance to be up front and center as their former guitarist headlined the Nokia Theatre Times Square after being out of the limelight for so many years. The great show found the musician “Back In The New York Groove” and to read more just scroll past the logo. This would be a great way for me to spend PiercingMetal’s Third Anniversary of being a Metal Reporting website.
Artist: Ace Frehley
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square (New York, NY)
Opener: The Trews
Label: Megaforce Records
The song “Back In The New York Groove” would be the perfect illustration of this event as legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley returned to his home stomping grounds for a performance at the Nokia Theater in Times Square. Since his apparent final departure from KISS back in 2003, the musician has not really been heard from all that much and while his role in KISS had been filled by Tommy Thayer, you know that the hard core fans of the man were dying to see him perform once again. The chance for this would come at the annual Halloween party for radio personality Eddie Trunk in 2007 and the gig would be at the nearby Hard Rock Café. However, given the size of the venue only a few hundred of the faithful would get their chance to enjoy the show and with the amount of mid-sized venues in the immediate vicinity there were many who were finding this quite the shame. Fortunately he would announce a tour for early 2008 and be hitting some of the larger venues. Even better was the news that he would not be playing any new material until his album was released and instead be performing a lot of KISS classics and his best solo material. He had also assembled a top notch band of players that featured Derek Hawkins on guitar, Scott Coogan on drums and Anthony Esposito on bass. Here are some of the evening’s highlights.
Continue reading Ace Frehley @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (4/4/2008)