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Ace Frehley brings KISS classics, solo songs to San Miguel

Ace Frehley in concert at The Ranch in San Miguel on Friday, March 4.
Ace Frehley in concert at The Ranch in San Miguel on Friday, March 4.

Founding KISS guitarist “Space” Ace Frehley landed in San Miguel on Friday night for a concert at The Ranch, where he treated fans to a mixture of classic rock tunes from his former band and newer selections from his career as a solo artist.

Frehley, who has a new album of cover tunes called “Origins, Vol. 1” due out April 15, didn’t take the stage until nearly 10 p.m., but the fans didn’t seem to mind, as he played a set of 16 songs that ended just before midnight.

The songs in the set list included KISS mainstays “Parasite,” “Shock Me” and “Love Gun,” with solo material such as “Rock Soldiers” and “Sister” thrown in for good measure. One song off his forthcoming album, a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald,” was also added to the mix. Frehley closed with a two-song encore of “Detroit Rock City” and “Deuce.”

On stage with Frehley were The Cult bass player Chris Wyse, who handled vocals on “Strange Ways,” guitarist Richie Scarlet and drummer Scot Coogan, who has recorded with Lynch Mob and contributed lead vocals on “Love Gun” and “Detroit Rock City.”

Frehley, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is one of several big names to stop at The Ranch, a list that included Puddle of Mudd in 2014 and an upcoming concert on May 6 by Sir Mix-a-Lot.

Stephen H. Provost: 805-927-8896, @sproauthor