Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (January 19, 2016) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes platinum-selling guitarist “Space Ace” Ace Frehley with special guest Geoff Tate on Friday, April 1, 2016. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 22 at 10 a.m.
Like a shooting star headed toward earth from another solar system, Ace Frehley operates in his own musical galaxy. He’s a musical maverick and iconoclast adored by millions of fans around the world. Through his seminal work with KISS and as a solo artist, Ace Frehley is championed as one of the most influential guitar players of the last four decades and his impact on popular music is immeasurable. With his smash 1978 solo album and post-KISS work including 2014’s Space Invader, Frehley continues to be the best selling member of the original band.
Heavily inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend, Ace Frehley was a devoted student of rock and roll, practicing his craft by studiously listening to records by those classic players and treating them as sacred music scrolls. Little did the Bronx born musician know that years later the tables would be turned and his revolutionary six-string axe work as a member of KISS and a solo artist would inspire millions of guitars players around the globe to follow in his footsteps. Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard, Lenny Kravitz and the late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera are amongst the numerous artists whom have pointed to the legendary guitarist as a profound inspiration. It’s an honor that Frehley acknowledges with characteristic modesty. “I don’t think much about how I influenced a whole generation of guitar players because that idea is so big (laughs). I’m not egotistical and I try to be humble about all facets of my life but it’s kind of mind blowing to know I was a huge influence on a new crop of guitar players in the same way that people like Hendrix, Page, Beck and Townshend had an impact on me. I was influenced by all those players and now I’m lucky enough to have that kind of influence on guitar players younger than me that grew up listening to KISS and Ace Frehley. It goes full circle and it’s the way that rock and roll evolves. It’s a good feeling and it makes me feel proud. I hear my influence on some players and it just puts a smile on my face and gives me a little hop in my step.” (laughs)
Though he left KISS to go solo in the early eighties, Ace reunited with his old mates in 1996 for a spectacularly successful five-year run numbering sold out concerts around the globe and high profile appearances at the Super Bowl and the Olympics. Splitting from the group in 2001 after their “Farewell Tour”, Frehley needed to recharge his creative batteries and took a much needed sabbatical after decades in the rock and roll circus. Eight years later, to the eternal joy of his loyal fan base, in 2009 “Space Ace” returned to the music scene with his first new studio album in twenty years. A commercial and artistic triumph, Anomaly, proved to be his highest charting album since his classic 1978 solo debut. In 2011, he added yet another accolade to his mantel as a New York Times best-selling book author with No Regrets, a hard hitting and honest account of his tumultuous career. On April 10, 2014, Ace and the original lineup of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Also in 2014, Frehley’s sixth solo album, Space Invader, reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart – the only time a solo album from a past or current KISS member has ever attained a top 10 album position.
Geoff Tate rose to fame in the 1980s as the vocalist of the progressive metal band Queensrÿche. Tate is ranked fourteenth on Hit Parader’s list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. He was voted #2 on That Metal Show’s top 5 hard rock vocalists of the 1980s. In 2012, he won the Vegas Rocks Magazine Award for “Voice in Progressive Heavy Metal”. In 2015, he placed ninth on OC Weekly’s list of the 10 Best High-Pitched Metal Singers. After his farewell tour as Queensrÿche, he renamed his band Operation: Mindcrime, after the Queensrÿche album of the same name.
Tickets for this general admission standing room only show go on sale this Friday, January 22nd at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.