Original KISS guitarist coming to the Ranch in San Miguel
February 13, 2016
By Colin Jones
Founding member and former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley, currently a successful solo artist, will headline a rare central coast performance at the Ranch in San Miguel on Friday, March 4.
Frehley, who took on the “Space Ace” persona during the band’s heyday from 1973 to 1982, is ranked as the 14th greatest heavy metal guitarist by Guitar World magazine. In addition to his tenure with KISS, Frehley has released seven solo records and performed globally on his own for several years. His latest effort, Origins, is a series of cover songs and KISS songs that he wrote, but he did not perform.
While not part of the recent KISS induction into the rock and roll hall of fame, Frehley was responsible for their signature heavy guitar sound. The legendary rock group remain active and last performed locally in 2009 at the Mid-State Fair with original members Gene SImmons and Paul Stanley but no Frehley or Peter Criss.
Tickets for the concert at the intimate north county venue are $35, available at Live at the Ranch or ticketfly. Local rockers Soundhouse will open the show, which begins at 8 p.m. The Ranch opened in 2008 and continues to host live music, mostly country and hard rock acts like Fuel and Great White.