Astoria London - 11/04/2008
Review & photos: Paul Finn
been a long wait since any member of KISS made it to these shores and
sung (Gene singing to old fogies in Lowestoft doesn't count) but this
weekend changed that. The first time in almost 9 years that Ace has
played the UK and it was worth the wait!
I was really surprised at the size
of the queue when we got there - right round the back of the Astoria and
then some! For a show that was supposedly not sold out there was a hell
of a lot of people there. We managed to get in just after TigertailZ hit
the stage and while I wasn't there to see them they did a great job of
getting the crowd ready for Ace.
Once Ace hit the stage and started
with Rip It Out the crowd went wild, the whole bloody floor was
shaking, Ace was back (and he told us so). The show was made up of
mainly his KISS stuff with a couple of Frehley's Comet tunes too,
although sadly non of his new material from the new album out
"later this year".
Hard Times followed next, it
was pretty clear from this that the setlist was going to be full of
songs most KISS fans have wanted them to play for years - confirmed by Parasite,
Snowblind and I Want You.
Then the solo song I was really
hoping he'd play, Rock Soldiers - I love this song, it's just
soooo Ace and he nailed it. Next up was Breakout which was
dedicated to it's cowriter, Eric Carr, not surprisingly this got a huge
reaction from the crowd. Then Ace sung a song which he said was
"the last song I recorded with my previous band" - Into The
Void. The reaction to this can only be compared to being near the
front of the stage when KISS performed Psycho Circus in Wembley,
everyone went nuts, most people will probably disagree with me but I
really think KISS have overlooked the PC album at live shows, their
mistake as Ace has proved.
More classic KISS and Ace next - Strangeways
followed by a medley of Torpedo Girl, Speedin' Back To My Baby, Five
Card Stud, Trouble Walkin' and Stranger in a Strange Land.
Ace also confirmed his return to the UK at Download 2008!!!!
Some time around here Ace announced
"get the midget up here" he was referring to our very own Dan
Bach who unknown to me had been lifted out of the front row by security.
Ace's tour manager led him back stage where he got to view the show from
stage left! Ace dragged Dan on stage (twice!) and the crowed went mad -
I'm pretty sure everyone in there knew Dan and just how important he is
to KISS fans in the UK. Hats off to Ace & his crew for looking after
him, quote "we have to look after each other". You more than
deserved the best seat in the house Dan!
For me the highlight of the show was
yet to come - my favourite 4 Ace songs in a row - New York Groove
(with flashing guitar), 2,000 Man (dedicated to Jagger &
Richards) and of course Shock Me (with solo & smoke bomb) and
And that was it for the main part of
the show. How the hell could Ace do an encore when he'd already sung his
best material???? Only by belting out some of my favourite KISS songs
too!!! Deuce was fantastic, every bit as good as his version on
his Live album, it was introduced as "when I was 23 I walked into
that loft and was asked to play along to this song" (or something
like that). Love Her All I Can (sung by Ace's bassist, Love
Gun (sung by the drummer and introduced with a nice complement to
Paul Stanley) and finally the show came to a climatic end with Cold
Well, what else can I say? The show
was fantastic, Ace was in great shape, his band were fantastic (as much
as I would have liked to have seen Anton, Tod and John, these guys were
spot on) and the set list was out of this world. KISS take note, you
could learn something from the Spaceman!
Highlights: Into The Void, New York
Groove, 2000 Man
Low points: Only one - Ace's Mexican joke!!!