I have been a huge Ace Frehley fan since I was probably 8 years old. He was my very first guitar hero. I had only seen him play with Kiss and I have never seen him love as just Ace Frehley. When I saw he was opening for Alice Cooper, I couldn’t click the purchase ticket button fast enough. This was also the first concert I had attended since Covid began around 19 months ago so it was even more exciting.
The concert began at 7:30pm on October 7, 2021. We arrived in plenty of time because I was damn well sure going to make it to see the opening act, because, well, as was the opening act. We stand in line to get stamped with proof of vaccination (or proof of negative covid test) and then go in line again to go through the metal detector and all good so far. I don’t know why I said “so far”, because we ran in to ZERO issues all night. It was supposed to rain…None! The weather was a little chilly, but felt great. We hit the restrooms (TMI) and then went and bought some bottled water…except…they don’t sell bottled water anymore…WHAT!!! Nope. It is now in a can…huh???
Yes, they sell water in a can now so I guess non-drinkers don’t get harassed for not drinking as it looks like a beer can. I have to admit, it looks pretty damn cool for water. We then hit the merch table and there were a ton of Alice stuff and only a little Ace, but I saw Alice 3 years ago almost to the day, so I went with the Ace Shirt. They were already out of XL size, so I went 2XL and I hope it shrinks…
After three studio albums, it was time to repeat the magic with another live album, ‘Alive II’. It worked well the first time so it seemed like that was the intention this time around to try and capture that gold again. However, that was not the original intention. While the band was touring Japan for ‘Rock & Roll Over’, they recorded the entire show of the band at the famed Budokan Hall in Tokyo on April 2, 1977. They felt the band needed a break before recording the next album and this would be it. However, Casablanca hated the album and it was scrapped.
The band went and released ‘Love Gun’ as planned and then it was time for another live album. This time they recorded three shows at the LA Forum on August 26-28 of 1977 while out on Tour for the ‘Love Gun’ album which was just released in June. Heck, they even recorded the soundchecks as the goal for this album was to not duplicate any songs that were on ‘Alive!’. And to add something special to the album, Side Four was going to be all new studio songs which gives this release a little something extra. Eddie Kramer was brought back in to produce and he worked his magic. Continue reading “Kiss – ‘Alive II’ (1977) – Album Review (The Kiss Review Series)”→
For My Sunday Song #140 and the final of this 10 song run of Kiss songs, we are discussing “Rocket Ride” by Kiss. The song is one of the five original songs on the classic live album Kiss Alive II. For the second live album, Kiss stepped it up a notch and added some original songs to give the album that extra boost. The song reached #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the band’s seventh song to make it to the Top 40 charts.
The song was written by Ace Frehley and Sean Delaney. Sean, if you don’t know, worked with Kiss back in the day and was crucial in Kiss becoming Kiss. He pushed Bill Aucoin to go see the band and then Bill became the manager. Sean became their road manager and was critical in the development of the band’s onstage choreography and even co-wrote many famous Kiss songs. He is a big part of the band’s Kisstory!!
This is the only song of the five that Ace actually appeared on as Bob Kulick was brought in to play the guitar on all the other songs. Ace and Peter are the only Kiss members to appear on this track in return. Peter of course on the drums and Ace played all the guitar and bass parts.
The song opens with some electrifying guitar riffs delivered by the master himself. It speeds by with a blistering pace and Ace truly nails the vocals. The song is fun, rocking and delivers everything you want in a Kiss song including a stellar solo. Peter keeps the beats coming with some nice little fills and the two are great together. The guitar riff at the end along with the explosiveness of Peter’s drumming ends the song perfectly and goes out the same way it came in with bang.