On Saturday, October 21st, Ace Frehley kicked off proceedings the only way he knows how: loudly.
His stack of Marshalls poised on Sydney's Hordern Pavilion Stage, blasting his raw rock across the neighbouring park. Everything running through the amps — even causing the bass to clip a little bit — gave that extra grunt and rock n roll authenticity to the set. Frehley seemed more with it and happier than we last saw him play a few years back.
When the spider-filled eyes of the drop curtain fell you could feel the electric buzz of anticipation as fireworks sparks blazed from the ceiling and fell behind the caped Prince of Darkness as he eerily walked to the front of the stage and spread his arms wide to welcome his minions to his show.
Kicking off with the legendary tracks "Brutal Planet" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy", Cooper followed up with "Under My Wheels", ahead of his groundbreaking track, "Department of Youth". The night was off to a good start.
Alice oozed more charisma, more directed energy than we have ever seen him before. At the ripe old age of 69, how does he keep it going? His latest album, Paranormal, gave him his best Australian chart result in 39 years (debuting at #4), with similar results worldwide. On Saturday night, just the one track from Paranormal is squeezed into the set ("Paranoiac Personality"), amongst his rich back catalogue of hits, including "Poison", "Halo of Flies" and "Billion Dollar Babies."
Closing out the theatrical night with "School's Out", Cooper showed he's certainly not ready to retire. He's alive and well, and ready to bring his rock melodrama back to Australia as soon as it finished.
All photos by Carl Neumann.
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