As a Kiss fan dating to the mid-’70s, the notion of seeing Ace Frehley in concert some 40 years later is something I would never have been able to wrap my mind around as a kid. But the 64-year-old founding Kiss guitarist hit Brooklyn Bowl as part of his 11-date U.S. tour amid a surprising late-career resurgence.
Now nine years sober, the former Spaceman was in top form throughout the 15-song set list as he guided his band through Kiss classics such as “Parasite” and “Cold Gin,” along with solo favorites like “Snowblind” and “New York Groove.”
While Frehley, who left Kiss for the second time in 2002, handled much of the vocal duties on his old band’s songs, drummer Scot Coogan took the lead on “Love Gun” and “Detroit Rock City,” while bassist Chris Wyse sang “Strange Ways.” Guitarist Richie Scarlet provided strong accompaniment to Frehley, especially during the dual-ax attack of Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald” from Frehley’s upcoming all-cover album.
Frehley especially shined during blistering solos on “Shock Me” and show closer “Deuce,” showing that even after years of playing with a loaded deck, this Ace can still deliver a winning hand. ★★★☆☆
Photos by Erik Kabik / ErikKabik.com
Rip It Out
Emerald (Thin Lizzy cover)
New York Groove
Detroit Rock City