Thursday, November 10, 2011
Ace Frehley at HOB-11-9-2011
The Kiss Army is alive and well and swelling in numbers. And all the Chi-Town recruits were at HOB earlier this month, proudly wearing their vintage Kiss Tee's and even bringing along the next generation.
Even though Ace Frehley gave up his face makeup long ago, some fans, fondly paid tribute to their childhood idols with the full deal--or in this fan's case, half and half.
ChiIL Live Shows even spotted action figure Ace, swinging from the reserved balcony box seats!
As a child of the 70's, I remember Kiss well. They had all Kiss days at the local amusement park, where their music blasted from every speaker in the park. And every face painting booth at every school carnival featured their iconic face paint as a popular option. It was front page news when the band was first photographed without their black and white paint. I still have some crazy platform boots with ginormous metal heels, that Dug calls my Kiss Army boots. Kiss is still in rotation today on our ipods, and the punk kin love their stuff as much as we did at their age.
When I got press access to shoot the show, I wasn't sure what to expect, but Ace has still got more than a few picks up his sleeves and brought the house down with eardrum bursting rock.
He played loads of old Kiss classics along with his own later material. He has an excellent backing band and an enthusiastic fan base.
But Ace still holds his own as more than a nostalgia act. Sure, Kiss had more flash, with their pyrotechnics and larger than life costumes.
But what Ace lacks now in spectacle, he make up for in substance. His show shocked me and made me feel better.