Pandering the historical significance of a theatrical-based rock guitarist like Frehley might come easy for casual fans, especially in light of the Simmons-led mega-marketing campaign of the past decade (KISS condoms, anyone?!!) However, those "in-the-know" are well aware of Ace's penchant for the glorious rock hook and trademark Les Paul-wielding saviour fare'. Costumes and gimmickry aside, Ace has paid his rock n' roll dues, and has a vast catalog of heavyweight material to prove it. From the gut-wrenching, power-chorded magnificence of ALIVE's 100,000 Years, to Love Gun's stadium rock standard Shock Me, to the pop-rock genius of New York Groove, Mr. Frehley has given us more than an ample dose of rocket-propelled guitar bravado.
The build-up for Ace's present tour and album release has been rather hush-hush, but my guess is that this isn't going to be the case when the lights go down at the Fargo Theater on March 11th. Not only does Frehley have a lot to draw from in the KISS catalog, his Frehley's Comet-era material features a lot of solid, kick-ass power rock. Throw in the possibility of a vintage cover or two (perhaps the Stones' "2000 Man"), and we could be talking about a really awesome show from start to finish.
However you choose to look at KISS, or their individual members, know for a fact that I'll be in the seats - grinning from ear-to-ear - when one of my favorite players of all time takes the stage in my hometown.
Really - does it get any better than that? J.