Support: Stala & SO
Venue: Rockefeller, Oslo
Ace showed up 40 minutes late, which was forgivable despite being extremely tired after all the travelling we had done and my feet aching like hell before the show even started (damn you, extremely good-looking cowboy boots).
The show didn't go without any irregularities or mistakes, but to a KISS fan - or at least me - that's nothing. Merely seeing the legend himself in action was more than enough. Sure, I noticed some mistakes during a couple of solos and riffs, but I simply didn't care as I don't find that to be the most important part of a show. I had a great time, the setlist was awesome, and the only thing I didn't like about the show was the fact that I had to stand on my toes and endure annoying and intense neck pains throughout the entire concert to be able to see anything at all (being 5'2'' really isn't a great asset if you're a concert lover). I gotta buy some platform boots.
One of the things I've always appreciated about KISS is how every member has their own song, and that is the way it was with Ace's show as well. All members of the band sang at least one song, which makes for variety and to me also seems like a way of showing appreciation to the other members of the band who otherwise might be considered "less important". Richie Scarlet singing Breakout and 2 Young 2 Die was really cool. Richie played in the original lineup of Frehley's Comet, and later worked with Ace on his Trouble Walkin' record.
The highlight of the show was definitely Rock Soldiers. The band didn't perform the song when we saw them the day before in Sweden, and I guess both Benjamin and I looked like idiots when they started playing it compared to most others around us (whom were remarkably calm (and boring) throughout the whole concert - what's the deal?).
Despite meeting Ace after the show, he was in good shape and really nice to talk to! We stood in line inside a lounge area before Ace walked in and sat down by a table. Two by two, we (the M&G winners) walked over to the table and got some time with Ace, got stuff signed and our picture taken. Everybody was really calm, and we had a great time meeting him!
Afterwards, Richie Scarlet and Scot Coogan were hanging out outside the venue, so we also got to talk to them! Richie signed the back of Benjamin's Frehley's Comet record since he has writing credits on Breakout.
This day, show and honor to meet Ace was great way to end a crazy week of concerts, festivals and a lot of traveling!