Saturday, March 20, 2010

Concert Review: Ace(s) Wild At Mohegan Sun

After two tours of duty as the lead guitarist of the legendary band Kiss, Ace Frehley finally seems comfortable out on his own. Last year he released one of his strongest solo albums and has received rave reviews of his live shows overseas. The Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun was the place to be for the Kiss Army fans of Connecticut as Ace Frehley performed the first of only three scheduled US tour appearances.

Ace Frehley’s performance Friday night felt loose as he mainly stuck with Kiss classics (Rocket Ride, Parasite) as well as classics from his Kiss solo album (Snowblind, Speedin’ Back To My Baby). Ace only touched upon his new album for a moment with ‘Sister” and “Pain In The Neck” which wasn’t perfect, but not bad for the first time ever performed live. The crowd finally made their presence known during the chorus of his 1987 Frehley’s Comet hit “Rock Soldiers.” Frehley’s bassist Anthony Esposito took over the vocal duties on the Kiss songs “Love Her All I Can” and “Strange Ways.” Kiss fans went crazy for “Rip It Out”, but Ace hit his stride with his signature songs “NY Groove” and “Shock Me.” The latter song featured a smoking guitar solo, which is exactly what happened as his guitar began to smoke halfway through the solo. His band returned to finish the set with the Kiss hit “Shout It Out Loud.”

The encore was a trio of Kiss concert staples beginning with “Deuce.” Drummer Scot Coogan took the lead vocals for “Love Gun” and Ace finished the 2 hour show with one of his favorite Kiss songs “Cold Gin.” The small venue played perfectly to Frehley’s strength as he felt connected to his fans. Frehley stated earlier in the show, “always bet on Ace” and he delivered on that bet.

Fractured Quantum (recording)
Rocket Ride
Pain In The Neck
Into The Void
Speedin’ Back To My Baby
Rock Soldiers
Love Her All I Can
Talk To Me
2000 Man
Strange Ways
NY Groove
Rip It Out
Hard Times
Shock Me
Shout It Out Loud
Love Gun
Cold Gin

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