[NEWS] ACE FREHLEY: VERY SPECIAL GUEST ON THE ‘SPEND THE NIGHT WITH ALICE COOPER’ CONCERT TOUR **ADELAIDE SOLD OUT**
The Architect of Shock-Rock Returns,
With Very Special Guest Ace Frehley!
Announcing Alice Cooper’s National Tour this October – celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his first Australian tour!
It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper, the architect of shock-rock, undertook his first ever concert tour of Australia – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally!
Fans will be delighted to hear that Alice Cooper will return to our shores this October for a 7-date national tour, ‘Spend The Night With Alice Cooper’. In what is sure to be rock event of the year, Alice will be joined by the original KISS “Spaceman” Ace Frehley, as Very Special Guest. The pairing of Alice and Ace brings together these highly respected icons of rock and roll!
The tour commences in Perth on October 17 and concludes in Brisbane on October 25, showcasing an immense body of work across the catalogues of both artists.
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.
Alice’s catalogue of hits and anthems, including “I’m Eighteen”, “No More Mr Nice Guy”, “School’s Out”, “Elected”, “Poison”, and others, are featured in his live show, along with a mix of newer songs and fan-favourite album cuts. Alice’s touring band features the three guitar attack of Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, backed by longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.
Harking back to that first Australian tour in 1977, and Alice was in the country at the same time as ABBA-mania was taking hold. He made a considerable impact on audiences and the Australian music industry.
Garry Van Egmond, promoter of the infamous 1977 tour, recalls, “Before the age of computerised ticketing and the internet, Alice was the fastest ever selling concert tour in Australia at that time and for many years after selling out 11 shows nationally in 5 hours. That included 4 shows in Melbourne, 3 in Brisbane, 2 in Perth and outdoor stadiums in Adelaide and Sydney – Sydney set the record for the largest concert attendance to date at the time too with over 40,000 ticket sales.”
Glenn A. Baker is effusive in his praise, saying, “We’d not seen anything like it – a shock rock cauldron with great swathes of garage punk, horror movie scenes, vaudeville schtick and commanding showmanship, all draped around devilishly constructed songs you could shake your fists to and chant in unison. No wonder we developed a macabre romance with Alice that still burns decades later.”
Molly Meldrum, who hosted Alice Cooper live on Countdown many times says, “I recall the first time we had him on Countdown – there was Shirley (Strachan, of Skyhooks), Molly and then Alice, I thought, what’s going on here?
He is one of the true entertainers, inspiring a generation of rock stars to follow. His showmanship, the songs, the spectacle, were mind-blowing back in ’77 and stand up as strong as ever today. He’s genius.”
In Australia Alice Cooper has topped the charts with songs like “Department of Youth”, “You and Me”, “Poison”, “School’s Out”, “Clones”, “How You Gonna See Me Now”, “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “Only Women Bleed” – a universally treasured song celebrating women’s rights and anti-domestic violence covered by both John Farnham and Tina Arena – “Billion Dollar Babies”, “No More Mr Nice Guy” and so many more. The album “Welcome To My Nightmare” spent 101 weeks in the Australian charts!
“Nights With Alice Cooper”, Alice’s nightly radio show, is available in nearly 100 cities in Australia, the US, Canada and the UK. The five hour long show features his favourite classic rock songs along with his insider anecdotes about many of the artists.
With his influence on popular music long since acknowledged, his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame secure, and with multiple gold and platinum albums, sold-out tours plus countless honours and career achievement awards, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t accomplished in his remarkable career. He has spent almost 50 years touring the world, releasing 26 Studio Albums, has sold more than 50 million albums in the US alone, and is an entrenched, multigenerational pop culture legend.
Alice is showing no signs of slowing down at all, announcing tour dates all through the US, Europe and Japan, all whilst working on a brand new album with long-time producer Bob Ezrin.
This will be Alice’s (lucky) 13th tour of Australia and he’s excited about what fans can look forward to.
Ace Frehley is a founding member of KISS, a musical maverick and iconoclast adored by millions of fans around the world. Ace played on the classic KISS albums from 1983 to 1992 before reuniting with the band from 1996 to 2001. Ace was responsible for many of the band’s biggest hits including “Talk To Me”, “New York Groove”, “2,000 Man”, “Rocket Ride”, “Shock Me” and more. Like Alice, Ace is also a Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, and has influenced hundreds of bands and inspired guitar players of the ilk of Tom Morello and Dave Grohl.
Frehley and KISS took the music and make-up concept to a new high, debuting in 1973 – Alice Cooper was present at their first showcase, stating to the media “what these guys need is a gimmick!”. Ace’s most recent album, “Origins Vol 1” saw Ace collaborate with everyone from Slash to former band mate Paul Stanley – the latter reuniting on record with Ace for the first time since 1998. Ace’s impact on popular music is immeasurable, and he continues to be the best selling member of the original KISS line-up.
Ace says, “I have been friends with Alice since the 70s, but I’ve never had the pleasure of touring with him! Our tour of Australia in October this year will be a major Rock & Roll event down under and leave all our fans with big smiles and wanting more!!! I can’t wait to hit the road!”
Ace Frehley will perform a 60 minute set of hits from his career in and out of KISS – and of course, he’ll be bringing the smoking guitar!
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES: ‘SPEND THE NIGHT WITH ALICE COOPER’ WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST ACE FREHLEY
Tuesday 17 October – Perth Arena, Perth, WA
Thursday 19 October – Thebarton Theatre, Thebarton, SA
Friday 20 October – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21 October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23 October – AIS Arena, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 24 October – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 25 October – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Alice Cooper Fan Club pre-sale commences at 12pm noon on Thursday 20 April 2017 and concludes at 12pm noon on Friday 21 April 2017.
Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting 48 hour pre-sale exclusively for Telstra customers from 2pm Friday 21 April 2017. Head to Telstra.com/alicecooper for more details on how to purchase.
Velocity Frequent Flyer is offering a pre-sale window for a limited time to Velocity members, available via www.velocitylive.com.au from 3pm Wednesday 26 April 2017 until 3pm Thursday 27 April 2017.
ACE FREHLEY – ORIGINS VOL 1 (2016)
Release Date: 15 April 2016
℗ 2016 Entertainment One
Following the success of his 2014 release Space Invader, and subsequently gracing stages the world over for fans to make the pilgrimage and pay homage to one of the most iconic rockers in history, Ace Frehley takes us aboard the starship, backward in time to celebrate his influences. The release of Vol 1 certainly is suggestive of the possibility of future releases, but keep the mystery say I, and let’s just enjoy the first for a while. And enjoy you will.
This is one of those rare releases that consists of significant multidirectional appeal. Aging rockers can sit back and enjoy a rock icon celebrating the hits of yesteryear sprinkled with the freshness of his own unique edge. Guitarists the world over can spin the endless riffs again and again drawing influence from a master. This album is one you can put on at a party and let the familiarity of tunes accompany the social intercourse typical of gatherings. You can revel in the marvellous contributions of guests during selected serenades. One can simply soak up the latest release of a fan favourite and simply enjoy the superb work of a rock archetype. Hell, you can also get dressed to the nines in sparkling rock apparel, paint your face in ceremonial reverence to your favourite Kiss character, wield air guitar aloft and scream with glee in accompaniment to the first recording featuring Ace and Paul Stanley in almost two decades. The applications of this work seem so limitless that it fast appears essential to a rock music collection.
Having spent a little time with the man, I am content to simply continue on with our conversations as regards rock history and influences by means of the medium of communication in which Ace is most fluent, powerful, compelling and articulate. The language of guitar. Needless to say, but I anticipate the gems adorning this article of rock regalia will have more than its fair share of airtime from my speakers.
Ace launches us into this album with a sensational, and somehow uplifting rendition of White Room, originally purveyed by Cream. Brilliantly true to the original protagonists but with all the majesty of any Ace Frehley performance, it oozes reference to the former. The solos send you soaring with overtones of rock reminiscence.
Now could the Rolling Stones possibly be omitted from a rockers list of influences? Ace says ‘nay’ with a truly blistering version of Street Fighting Man and if the Jagger-esque vocals don’t hook you the solos certainly will. In the same spirit, Ace resurrects the brilliance of Jimi Hendrix with Spanish Castle Magic. Epic, just epic. No! Fucking sensational. One can visualise the pair on stage together in celebration of one another’s finery, with an assembled stage front mass going nuts in bewildered awe. The worship continues with a visit back to British rock royalty Free and a truly astounding performance of Fire And Water. Just an amazing performance and unmistakably historic with Paul Stanley and Ace together again. It genuinely finds one reflecting upon how much media beat up of bad blood is based upon accuracy, and considering the quality that is invented fantasy an alternate agenda. This may be a moderate hop from that typical of a Kiss form character, but the vocals delivered will give traditional fans an absolute treat. A visit straight back to any number of past classics demonstrative of vocal finery, albeit to something a little different. Sorry, just repeating for the Kiss fans… Now brace yourselves for a historical moment indeed as we hear Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley together again on one track.
Now, I must throw hands skyward and be perfectly sincere in my feelings of trepidation as we approach one of the finest creations of my beloved Thin Lizzy. I was fearful that this may not sit well with my uncompromising, yet steadfast dedication to Thin Lizzy and irrational, jealous guardianship of Phil’s Lynott’s memory. And really, who am I to feel this way? I should not have been concerned in the slightest, as the first three notes and vocal dedication to the original characters find harmony in my aural canals and weighty heart. The burden is lifted. Reverence to Thin Lizzy and the track, but moreover a magical and scarcely believable homage to the story line and historical content made manifest in song. How a mere mortal can replicate the grandeur with a guitar, escapes belief. Oh yes, a momentary lapse in concentration. This is a Spaceman after all. Little wonder. But the realisation takes the heights of unbridled excitement to new heights as you realise this is not the work of one man. The monumental glory of this track is further enhanced by the unmistakable skill afforded by the one and the only Slash. What a sensational treat. Bravura gentlemen.
The sensational delivery continues with Bring It On Home sure to bring the goosebumps to the surface. Amazing stuff and the track sequence as a mid-album change of pace is simply superb.
A further hallmark of this incredible collection is the appearance of the archetypical Wild Thing herself, Lita Ford. This is just perfect. Legendary rockers jamming to an absolute classic by The Troggs. Makes you feel like a fly on the wall of one of the rare rock moments as a couple of rockers just do their thing. Not too polished and not too perfect. Just jamming. Just perfect.
John 5 brings his magic to fold with a tremendous delivery of Parasite, I suspect finally delivered true to the vision when originally penned. Blistering solos bring this track into something larger than life.
Steppenwolf are fittingly represented as we are blessed with a Magic Carpet Ride that will knock your socks off, and send them floating back earthward. This is just before Ace belts out a sensational reclamation of Cold Gin. Simply amazing and vastly significant. The very first recording of Ace providing the vocals for both Cold Gin and Parasite, both of which he co-wrote back in the day, but now performs in brilliant style.
Till The End Of The Day is modernised marginally and freshened up, but still true to the unique style of The Kinks, before a tremendous rendition of Rock And Roll Hell brings this remarkable collection to a close. And all too soon.
This amazing collection with sensational contributions from characters like Mike McCready, Slash, Lita Ford, Rob Zombie and John 5 adds to the already vast appeal. Will there be a Volume 2, 3 or 4? Who knows? What I can assure you of is that after a listen to this gargantuan behemoth of inspirational appeal, you too will want more. I absolutely love this collection for a vast range of reasons, but primarily because the contents make up a component of that essential to Ace’s development and career. Simply put, that alone makes it essential listening. Its sheer magnificence is a bonus that will keep just on delivering for your pleasure.