Former KISS guitarist, Ace Frehley, tears up a packed Mercury Ballroom with support from Nashville rockers Simon.
30-Aug-2016: “Fractured Mirror” over the sound system as Ace Frehley and his band took the stage at the Mercury Ballroom to a huge ovation.Â Ace is touring in support of his most recent album, Origins Vol. 1, which is a compilation of classic covers with support from a number of music greats including Slash, Paul Stanley, John 5, Mike McCreary, and Lita Ford.
Ace’s set was a classic mix of songs ranging from KISS favorites “Parasite,” “Love Gun,” “Strange Ways,” and “Shock Me” along with a number of songs from his 1978 solo album including “Rip It out,” “Snowblind,” and a couple of songs from the new Origins album.
There were a number of memorable moments throughout the evening; the performance of Cold Gin had the entire house singing along â€“ it’s amazing how timeless the song is and how much fun the venue was having during the performance.Â No Ace Frehley concert is complete without the required performances of “Rock Soldiers” with the classic line, “Ace is back and he told you so” and the rocking Hello cover of “New York Groove”; both brought great ovations from the crowd.
It was time for Ace to do what he does best; with his Gibson Les Paul slung around his neck, he tore into a lively and ripping guitar solo complete with flashing lights and signature smoke billowing from his guitar â€“ an iconic Frehley move.
Ace’s two-song encore brought the house down. He kicked off with KISS Staple “Detroit Rock City” before rolling into a blazing rendition of “Deuce” bringing a big finish to the night.
Over the course of the evening, Ace broke off into countless fiery and fierce guitar solos showcasing his amazing skills. His bandmates are talented as well, drum and bass hooking tightly with guitar, providing the horse power for the machine.
Opening the evening was the fantastic Nashville trio, Simo.Â Their 45-minute set of bluesy, psychedelic rock was outstanding. Featuring the energetic guitar work from JD Simo, the band grabbed hold of the room with their first song. Simo ended their wonderful set with a wild and raucous version of “Little Help From My Friends” to a large ovation. Simo is Adam Abrashoff on drums, Elad Shapiro on bass and the incredible JD Simo on guitar and vocals.