Apr 8, 2016

Ace Frehley / Charm City Devils - 9:30 Club

Category: Live Reviews


April 8, 2016

9:30 Club

Washington, DC


Ace Frehley Set List:  Rip It Out, Toys, Rocket Ride, Parasite, Love Gun, Snow Blind, Sister, Emerald, Rock Soldiers, Bass Solo, Strange Ways, New York Groove, Too Young To Die, Shock Me, Cold Gin, ENCORE: Detroit Rock City, Deuce


It’s rare to see a rock legend like Ace Frehley at the legendary 9:30 Club in DC; the club is known more for it’s alternative and punk shows which usually sell out quite fast.  

 Baltimore darling’s the Charm City Devils open the show and if lead singer John Allen had not told the crowd he was feeling under the weather NO ONE would have known because the bands overall performance was pure rock power!

 Opening with “Spite” Charm City Devil’s killed it and did a great job warming up the crowd for Ace!  On a side note this was also the first time that CCD had played the 9:30 Club.


Ace’s stage set up was simple:  A large backdrop featured graphics from Ace’s latest release “Space Invaders” and a wall of amps along with Scot Coogan’s drum riser filled the back of the stage.


Ace opened with “Rip It Out” which set the pace for a night filled with classic Ace and KISS material.  By the time Ace took the stage the club was packed and looking into the crowd the most popular attire of the night was a KISS t-shirt.


Richie Scarlet adds a lot to the Ace Frehley live show; his rock star swagger and flashy playing fill in the gaps nicely but the secret weapon to Ace’s current live show is his rhythm section:  Wyse and Coogan hold the entire show together and Coogan sings all of the Paul Stanley songs in the set.  

 “Too Young To Die” was sang by Richie and he dedicated it to Merle Haggard. 

 Wyse did a bass solo that contained elements of the theme from “Halloween” as well as the opening of “God of Thunder”.


Ace brought out the smoking guitar for “Shock Me” and if I’m being honest with you, his solo fell flat and was limp compared to what Richie had playing throughout the show.  The star of the solo has always been the smoking guitar.

 “Detroit Rock City” and “Deuce” closed out the show; “Deuce” was probably the most powerful song of the night and a perfect way to end the night.

Author: Bob Suehs