“The Godfather of Shock Rock” returned to the Appalachian Wireless Arena, in downtown Pikeville, Kentucky, on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021. This was his 2nd concert in Pikeville over the course of 15 years, with the last time performance being on October 7th, 2006. The Eastern Kentucky crowd was more than ready to rock the night away with two of the most iconic rockers in music history, Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley really need no introduction.
Starting the night was a long-time friend in Ace Frehley. Ace is the original guitarist and solo artist from the original rock group, KISS, who opened the show to an explosive crowd of nearly 3500. Ace Frehley played an hour-long set of songs ranging from his days with KISS through his last album ‘Anomaly Vol 2.’ That one was the second album of songs that had inspired him in his teenage years. Highlights included “Strutter,” “Parasite,” “New York Groove,” “Cold Gin,” and “Deuce.” Ace even threw in the Led Zeppelin classic, “Good Times Bad Times” for good measure. His energetic performance was just what the Doctor ordered and the perfect complementary set to the one and only Alice Cooper.
Next up was the one and only Alice Cooper. Alice’s set spanned his entire career, including a wide range of songs from the 1970s, through his latest release, ‘Detroit Stories.’ Alice’s show lasted the entirety of 2 hours and included 22 songs. Tearing through such classics as “Feed My Frankenstein,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Under My Wheels,” “Teenage Frankenstein,” and of course “School’s Out.” We were even treated to a fantastic solo by Nita Strauss. Now that’s a show worth the ticket price!
Tickets for the show were at a fair price and people traveled from all over the Eastern US to see the show. Attendees traveled from cities such as Chicago, Mobile, St. Louis, and even from Northwest Virginia. This is not the first time both performers have teamed up for a tour, as Alice and Ace toured the USA together back in 87/88, and they also took their tour to Austria in 2017. They’ll be taking their show to Europe this coming summer, so be on the lookout for tour dates if you’re across the pond.
In all, both seasoned rock-n-rollers performed a show well worth the price of tickets and distance traveled. If they roll into your town, but the ticket. You won’t be disappointed!