If you like huge 1970′s Les Paul guitars and punch to head solo’s then you will not be dissapointed! If you are looking for deep introspective lyrics…. ummm… really? It’s Ace Frehley dude.
Although I liked his last solo effrot Anomally it felt disjointed at times and even a little mean. Space Invader on the other hand is nothing but fun! Thankfully Gimmie A Feeling the first single is the radio edit so there are no pointless curse words at the end. For me however track three I Wanna Hold You is my first listen fave however each and every song has something to offer in the first three KISS records way (with todays recording production of course!)
The only knock I have heard on the record is Ace’s cover of Steve Miller’s The Joker. Here’s my thing, the only reason to cover a hit song is if it has personal meaning to you and if you can put your own spin on it. Ace’s version of The Joker is cool… because I get it.
Clean production, monster guitars, Ace’s signature talk singing and straight ahead throwback rock and roll songwriting makes this the perfect end of the summer record!
4 (out of 5)
Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big, Winery Dogs etc.) Is one on the most ridiculous guitar players alive today. If like me you “almost” like Lenny Kravits or you love Chris Cornell but thinks he broods a tad too much then Richie might be for you! Richie Kotzens style is blues, funk and soul but always starts and ends with good old rock and roll. The Essential Richie Kotzen is two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”) War Paint is the rocker you would expect while Walk With Me is a great and tender track that has a sweet little I-tunes video to give you a taste here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8ctq4ENhl0. Also included is the bluesy hearbreaker and one my all time favourite songs by anyone Doing What The Devil Says To Do. If you have only heard Richie in other bands (Or have no clue who he is) then you really need to hook yourself up and give him his due. Richie has an incredibly soulfull voice and did I mention his guitar solos are other worldly? Get the book of his musical life and discover some magic.
5 (out of 5)
I have seen Cheap Trick over ten times with and without Bun E Carlos on drums. And for a band that has written so many iconic songs they are unforgivably noisy and sloppy live… always. They are a very hard working band in that they never stop touring and recording but I would think they would want to give a better live show… wait they are called Cheap Trick right?… huh. I will stick to their records. But wait what about live at Budokan? Tons of overdubs after the fact.
Boston on the other hand has never sounded better. Seriously. The knock since the 1970′s is that Boston cannot come close to the recordings when they play live. That is no longer true thanks to a huge band (7) and modern technology. The great thing about this tour for me is that they played tracks from all of their records (ok so there are only 6 but still…) Tom Scholz the genious behind Boston looks and sounds amazing for a guy who is 66. Tommy Decarlo handels the Brad Delp songs very well as well as the others (Brad Delp was one of the best rock singers ever and was a tragic loss) The backup vocals from everyone is really what finally gives it that Boston sound.
The last time Tom took out a Boston show was 2008, if you are a fan of Boston go see this show! (maybe skip Cheap Trick though…)
4 (out of 5)