Ace Frehley in concert at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (Uncasville, CT) – 3/19/10

Posted: March 21, 2010 in Concert Reviews
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Nothing is better than a concert by one of your favorite bands…..and it’s even better when it’s FREE! I went to the Mohegan Sun Casino Friday night to catch Ace Frehley live in concert at the Wolf Den. For those of you who haven’t been, the Wolf Den is an intimate club that sits right in the heart of the casino surrounded by the sounds of slot machines and gaming tables. The Wolf Den holds about 400 people and it usually brings in some of the better known Hard Rock acts. Earlier in the month, Kix played there and Helix is coming in April! A lot of tribute acts get on that stage and play for the casino patrons as well.

Being a KISS fan, I knew that an Ace Frehley solo show would bring tons of New England KISS fans to the casino so my friend and I got there for 3:30 in the afternoon (showtime was 8pm), had a nice meal at one of the buffets, and got in line around 5pm. As predicted, the KISS Army came out in force. We counted and we were within the first 50 people but the line stretched to over the 400 capacity. The cool thing about the Wolf Den is that it is primarily open so you can see the show from the casino floor, there were people three deep around the arena and many fans took over slot machines close by to take in the show. We had a great table inside, very close to the stage with a perfect view, so I didn’t run down to the front when Ace and the band came on. Ace was joined by Scot Coogan (drums/vocals) and Anthony Esposito (bass/vocals), who both played on his new record, ANOMALY, as well as, new guitarist Todd Youth.

Ace Frehley setlist:

Intro – Fractured Mirror
Rocket Ride
Parasite
Snow Blind
Sister
Pain In The Neck
Into The Void
Speedin’ Back To My Baby
Rock Soldiers
Love Her All I Can
Talk To Me
2000 Man
Strange Ways
New York Groove
Rip It Out
Hard Times
Shock Me
Ace guitar solo (w/smoking guitar)
Let Me Know outro
Shout It Out Loud

Encore:
Deuce
Love Gun
Cold Gin

This was a great concert…..a KISS diehard’s dream! Ace and his band came out and put on an energetic show full of Ace solo and KISS classics. Not surprisingly, Ace and the band focused on most KISS material that featured Ace either as lead singer or primary songwriter. It was extremely cool to hear deep tracks like ‘Rocket Ride’, ‘Strange Ways’, ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Talk To Me’, songs that were rarely played live by KISS during their ’70s heyday. Ace also pulled out 4 songs from his 1978 KISS solo record (‘New York Groove’, ‘Rip It Out’, ‘Speedin’ Back To My Baby’, ‘Snow Blind’) and 2 brand new songs off ANOMALY (‘Sister’ & ‘Pain In The Neck’) but one of the most gratifying songs of the set for me was ‘Rock Soldiers’ from the first Frehley’s Comet album…..to this day, Frehley’s Comet is one of my all-time favorite bands. The ’78 solo album songs were great also, the Ace album was my favorite by the four members and it was so cool to finally hear ‘Rip It Out’ and ‘Snow Blind’ live. I thought ‘Sister’ came out great live and Ace announced that this was the first performance of ‘Pain In The Neck’ ever so we got a little extra KISStory at the show. The audience was mostly KISS fans so all the KISS classics got huge ovations, as did the entire set. ‘Parasite’, ‘Shock Me’ and ‘Shout It Out Loud’ were all great but the encore really brought the house down with cool versions of ‘Deuce’, ‘Love Gun’ and ‘Cold Gin’. Ace also managed to get in a great guitar solo complete with his signature smoking guitar and then he was joined by the band to complete the ‘Let Me Know’ outro solo with the signature KISS moves…..something that got the crowd really going! What a show! Ace and the band played 20 songs in an hour and 45 minutes, including an extended guitar solo and the opening into tape of ‘Fractured Mirror’ from the ’78 solo record…..so it was really 22 songs worth of time! You can’t ask for much more! It was a great show at a great venue for a great price…..FREE!

Definitely catch Ace on tour if you can…..check out Ace Frehley.com for tour dates.

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Comments
  1. Joel says:

    Hey Man,
    I’m also a die-hard Kiss fan, and big fan of Ace as well. Sucks I missed him on his tour, but thanks for reviewing the show! I write my own metal music blog. (happyheadbanger.blogspot.com) Anyway, I’ve put a link to this blog on mine, would you maybe return the favor? At least check out my blog at some point. I post less frequently, but pretty regularly.
    Either way, Rock-On!
    Viva KISS!
    JB

  2. metalodyssey says:

    Man, you can’t beat – free! Especially when it’s Ace Frehley!! Sounds like that was one terrific night. I saw Frehley’s Comet back around ’87/’88 at the West Hartford Ballroom in West Hartford, CT. That first album of theirs is really potent. I understand your liking Frehley’s Comet so much! Very cool that Ace played “Talk To Me”. Seeing Ace Frehley up close, like you did, really is something to remember. Excellent.

    I want to get up there to the Wolf Den someday myself… too many great bands make a stopover there. Again, very cool post… long live Space Ace!

    • A lot of great bands get up to the Wolf Den…..Kix was just there on 3/6 and I missed them but Helix is coming on 4/17 and I will be there! I emailed Brian Vollmer to see if they were doing any meet and greets and he said he would be out at the merch booth after the gig.

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  4. dennis says:

    My friends and I saw Ace at the Wolf Den and it was a show that I will never forget. We were sitting at the first table right in front of the mic stand and captured 3 of ace’

  5. mscarpetti says:

    Wish i could have made the show. While he did play many “deep tracks” I did think i might have been a little annoyed that he played kiss stuff that he did not sing on. I would have rather heard more Ace solo, especially off his new one. Who needs to hear Love Gun again? But strange ways? Damn, that would have been sweet!

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