Rocket Ride (song)

"Rocket Ride" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss. It was originally featured on their 1977 album Alive II.

"Rocket Ride"
Rocket Ride single.jpg
Single by Kiss
from the album Alive II
Released1977 (US)
RecordedElectric Lady Studios,
New York City: 1977
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, glam rock
Length4:08
LabelCasablanca NB-915 (US)
Songwriter(s)Ace Frehley, Sean Delaney
Producer(s)Eddie Kramer & Kiss
Kiss singles chronology
"Shout It Out Loud (Live)" / "Nothin' to Lose (Live)"
(1977)
"Rocket Ride" / "Tomorrow and Tonight (Live)"
(1977)
"Strutter 78" / "Shock Me (live)"
(1978)

BackgroundEdit

"Rocket Ride" was written by Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley and Sean Delaney. Frehley sang lead vocals, and he noted in the booklet for the 2001 Kiss Box Set that this was his first vocal performance that he was satisfied with. It was the only studio track of the five recorded for Alive II that he performed on, as Bob Kulick was brought in to play guitar on some of the other tracks.

Like many of Kiss's works, the song is a double entendre, using space travel (appropriate to Frehley's onstage "Spaceman" persona) as an innuendo for sexual intercourse.

Hide recreated the intro of the song for his own 1998 single "Rocket Dive", the title also being an homage to the track. Frehley's 2008 tour, The Rocket Ride Tour (in support of his album Anomaly) was named after this song.

PersonnelEdit

ReceptionEdit

Cash Box said that it has "grinding heavy guitar and driving rock beat, flashy solo and competent vocals."[2]

Rocket Ride peaked at No. 39 on the American Billboard Hot 100,[3] making it the band's seventh US Top 40 hit. The 45 was edited in time to 3:05.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PeterCriss.net - the Only Official Website of Drummer Peter Criss".
  2. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. February 25, 1978. p. 18. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  3. ^ International Chart History