PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are not available for weather-based issues.
August 17, 2019
Gates @ 6pm | Show @ 8pm
THIS SHOW IS 21 YRS AND OLDER
This concert venue is outside in the prison's exercise yard with limited lighting. We recommend bringing a small flashlight if you do not have a light on your phone.
Here are a few things you probably know about Ace Frehley: He’s the original lead guitarist for KISS (which he co-founded in 1973). He was also their best—his song-within-the-song guitar solos are as much a part of KISS as the band’s seven-inch platform boots. And he’s always been the coolest member of KISS—rock ’n’ roll swagger, laid-back, mysterious—just ask Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, or Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife, or Abbath of Immortal. Hell, even people who don’t like KISS still love Ace.
What you may not know is that Ace Frehley has not been a member of KISS since 2002, when he left his second tenure with the band (there’s a “spaceman” currently playing leads for the band, but it ain’t Ace). In his time away from KISS (1983-1996, and 2002-present), Frehley has put together the most successful solo career of any member—current or former.
And Ace is on a roll. He’s ready to embark on his next musical journey with Spaceman , his third solo outing in four years. Of all Ace’s post-KISS recorded output, Spaceman might be the closest link to his widely acclaimed 1978 solo record, both in spirit and execution. First off, Frehley played all of the guitar parts on Spaceman , as well as bass on all but two songs. Longtime drummer Anton Fig, whose friendship with Ace began in that 1978 record, also appears on “Off My Back” and “Pursuit of Rock and Roll” (longtime collaborators Scot Coogan and Matt Starr also play drums on Spaceman ).
There’s also a thematic, almost biographical, thread running through the album of a long life in rock ’n’ roll, although Ace admits it wasn’t intentional. The first single “Bronx Boy” lays out Ace’s pre-KISS roots, running wild with an Irish street gang called the Ducky Boys. It might be his grittiest song to date, with an opening riff that lashes out like a switchblade.
“Pursuit of Rock and Roll” ticks off a list of rockers that made Ace who he is, including Little Richard and the Stones. Frehley also makes it clear that rock is truly all he needs: “So sick of looking at reality TV / and like the Beatles said, you gotta ‘Let It Be.’”
Ace’s cover of Eddie Money’s “I Wanna Go Back” gives the song a ripping power pop makeover. It was chosen for the record by Ace himself. “I was laying in bed with Rachael (Gordon) watching YouTube videos, and that song came on. I told her I was gonna cover it. It’s about me.”
“No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys,” which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s—if you listen closely, it could almost be seen as a rockin’ counterpart to the Peter Criss-penned KISS classic “Beth.”
Speaking of KISS brethren, let’s get back to those two songs on Spaceman that Ace didn’t play bass on. One listen of opener “Without You I’m Nothing” should be a dead giveaway. That mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belongs to Gene Simmons, who co-wrote that song, along with “Your Wish Is My Command,” with the Space Ace at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Ace recalls a relaxed three hours of hanging out, writing songs, and eating sandwiches with Simmons, who roomed with him back in the KISS daze. A lot of barbs have been thrown by both over the past couple of decades, but there’s still a mutual love for one another, made clear during Ace’s recent stints on Simmons’ Vault Experience.
His reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1 ) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrated 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009, his top 10 Space Invader LP in 2014 (a first for any KISS member); and continues with Spaceman (a title suggested by Gene himself).
Spaceman is a lean-and-mean nine tracks, and includes what has become a trademark for any Ace joint, a cosmic instrumental. “Quantum Flux” is a classic prog ’n’ roll song from Frehley, with lush acoustics and twin-leads. Fans might also notice the song’s doomy outro, which nods to “Black Diamond” on KISS’s 1974 debut.
Along with writing and recording new material, Ace has also been tirelessly hitting the road, playing festivals, as well as dates stateside and in Australia and Japan (including dates with the mighty Alice Cooper). As always, Ace is traveling at an altitude us mere mortals will never understand—a life lived to the fullest, and one that has defied…well, everything. That said, if you ever see the Space Ace in the cosmos, there’s only one proper reaction: “Hey look, it’s rock ’n’ roll!”
August 17, 2019
4:00pm — Camping Area Opens
6:00pm — Concert Entrance Gate Opens
FREE CAMPING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT ONLY.
Camp Sites Open at 4:00pm
There will be a limited number of primitive sites (tents only, no showers) available for this show. Camp sites are first-come, first-served. Campers must be packed up and off the property by 10:00am the following Sunday morning. Brushy Mtn Group reserves the right to eject any camper(s) at any time for inappropriate behavior or violation of any other rules.
The concert stage and viewing areas are located behind the main prison wall. Yes, the same area known as “The Yard” where Tennessee’s most hardened criminals used to spend time, and you’ll be behind the same wall James Earl Ray climbed to escape.
When you arrive you must present a valid ID and your ticket before entering.
9182 Highway 116, Petros, TN 37845
The Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is located in Petros, TN. Brushy is about 16 miles from Oak Ridge, 40 miles from Knoxville, 83 miles from Chattanooga, and 150 miles from Nashville.
Be prepared. If you’re going to camp be sure to bring everything you need. The location is relatively remote, so running to Wal-Mart to pick up something you forgot isn’t going to happen.
No. If you need cash, we advise bringing it.
YES. THIS SHOW IS 21 YRS AND OLDER
Everyone on-site, all of their belongs and vehicles are subject to search upon entry. The list below will help you know what you can and cannot bring onto the Brushy Mountain grounds.
YES Alcohol Read Our Alcohol Policy
YES Point and shoot cameras/cameras with detachable lens less than 2" long
YES Tents and everything required to put your tent up
YES Radios, just be mindful of your neighbors
NO Portable Camping Grill Read Our Policy
NO Generator Read Our Policy
NO Kegs Read Our Policy
NO Firearms, Knives, or Weapons OF ANY KIND
NO Illegal Substances
NO Bicycles or any other 2-wheeled transportation device
NO Professional cameras (with detachable lenses longer than 2")
NO Pets (even really, really tiny ones that tend to be yappers)
NO Glow Sticks
NO Box trucks/trailers Read Our Policy
NO Laser pens or similar focused light device
NO Vending (Sharing, yes. Selling, no.)
NO Motorized Tools
YES One (1) Original Sealed Water Bottle (smaller than 1L, please)
YES Clear Bags made of clear plastic or clear vinyl which do not exceed 20" x 15" x 9"
YES Waist Pack, Fanny Packs, or Similar
YES Small Clutch Bags up to 4.5" x 5.5"
YES Empty Hydration Packs with a gear capacity of 2.5L/150 cubic inches with no more than two front pockets (i.e., water bladder + 2 additional front pockets). No larger than 20" x 15" x 9".
YES Lawn Chair (less than a foot off the ground)
YES Point and shoot cameras / cameras with detachable lens less than 2" long
NO Totems (you know, those silly signs on poles that get in other peoples way)
NO Food/Drinks, other than water and small snack (Trail mix, yes. Double cheeseburger, no)
NO Selfie Sticks, Go Pro Sticks, Tripods
NO Outside Alcohol (Alcohol will be sold in venue)
NO Chairs that sit higher than 1 foot off the ground
NO Anything that's prohibited elsewhere on festival grounds
ALL ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Yes. Parking on-site will be available. Parking your CAR, PICKUP TRUCK, CAMPER, or SIDE-BY-SIDE will be about as easy as it gets. Once you arrive, you'll be directed by our super-friendly parking folks to a spot that's just right. Carpooling is encouraged.
There will be NO RE-ENTRY. If you leave you will have to purchase another ticket to come back inside the concert venue.
Let’s face it, sometimes when we’re having fun we lose things. It happens so don’t panic. The Lost & Found area can be found in the old LAUNDRY BUILDING. The nice thing about that building, you’ll walk right past it coming into the concert venue and once again when you’re exiting after the concert is over.
We'll do our best to make sure everyone is safe during the show. On-site security and emergency medical staff will be available during the show day. If you need any assistance, go to the nearest Medical Tent, or ask any Brushy staff member for assistance.
Just like the law enforcement officers in your hometown, our police expect you to obey the highway safety laws, and they’re prepared to enforce them. They’re especially strict about open container violations, so think, do you really want to start the weekend behind bars? After all you’re headed to a decommissioned prison to have fun. You don’t want to end up in an active prison not having fun and ending up with a very unflattering nickname.
Please stay in your car, especially when you’re waiting in line to enter the Brushy grounds. Brushy used to be a very unfriendly place. It’s a super friendly place now so don’t ruin for yourself, your friends and everyone else. Besides, someone might post your shenanigans to social media and the world will know what a fool you can be. Don’t cut in line. It’s a concert, and lines are inevitable, so be prepared to deal with it like you live in the greatest place in the galaxy.
Fill up your tank before getting in line to enter the festival. There are gas stations close, but you don’t want to lose your place. Use the restroom before you arrive. There are no bathrooms in line of cars. Pack something to snack on and nonalcoholic beverages (see arrival tip #1). Listen to your favorite band, play some trivia and be patient. You’re about to be in a super cool place that only criminals used to experience. You’ll be on-site soon enough.
Parking your CAR, PICKUP TRUCK, CAMPER, or SIDE-BY-SIDE will be about as easy as it gets. Once you arrive, you'll be directed by our super-friendly parking folks to a spot that's just right. Carpooling is encouraged.
No. Only tents are allowed in the designated camping areas.
No. We'll have all of the entertainment you'll need on a huge stage for several hours.
Yes. But be very mindful of those around you. While you might like a loud Bluetooth speaker kicking a little Jimmy Buffet at 3am, we’re quite positive your neighbors won’t.
No. Open flames will not be permitted within the campgrounds or anywhere on the Brushy site.
RVs are not allowed for this specific show. Maybe for the next one, but not this one.
Motorcycles are cool, but please no funny stuff like revving motors, burnouts or impersonations of Evil Knievel. We’ll have designated area just for you to park your sweet ride.
OTHER VEHICLES THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED INCLUDE:
All bicycles or scooters, Segways, Pocket Bikes, skateboards, etc…
Each person may bring in 1 case of beer (24 cans), 1.75 liter of hard liquor (no glass), and 1 boxes of wine. Anything over this amount is considered “excessive” and will be confiscated. No kegs are allowed in the campgrounds.
No. There will not be any food vendors or alcohol sold in the camping area. There will be food trucks in the concert venue area as well as vendors selling beer.
No to electrical outlets and no to Wi-Fi. There is limited cell service unless you’re on AT&T. For some strange reason AT&T placed a huge cell tower right outside the Brushy gates.
Nope. You can sleep in your car, sleeping bag on the ground under the stars or in a cardboard box. It’s up to you. The last thing anyone wants is you drinking and driving after the show.
We are NOT allowing gas powered anything. This includes generators, chain saws, radios (if they exist), toothbrushes, you get the idea…
Additionally we are not allowing propane grills or any other kind of fire in the camping area. This policy may change for future shows, but for this show we’re simply not allowing it.
Yes, there will be port-a-johns.
No, there will not be showers.