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Ace Frehley & Gene Simmons set for first show in over 16 years
KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will appear together on September 20th at the Children Matter Benefit Concert at St. Paul, Minnesota's CHO Field with all proceeds going to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The benefit's official website, Matter.ngo posted that in addition to Frehley, the headlining Gene Simmons Band will also feature such "special guests" as Cheap Trick and former Eagle Don Felder.
During a recent radio interview, Simmons revealed he's recently teamed up with Frehley for the Kiss co-founder's upcoming album. Simmons and Frehley, who have had a prickly relationship over the decades, actually co-wrote not one, but two tracks for Ace's still untitled set. Blabbermouth quoted Simmons as saying, "Literally two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band -- he used to be in the band three different times -- and we wrote two songs. He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things."
Last year, Frehley enlisted the help of Paul Stanley, who joined forces with the guitarist for a new track on Frehley's solo covers set, Origins Vol.1. The pair tackled Free's classic 1970 track, "Fire And Water" -- and also shot a video for it -- marking the first time the Kiss co-founders have appeared on an original album together since the 1998 Kiss reunion set, Psycho Circus.
When we last caught up with Ace, we asked him what he ultimately thinks Kiss will be remembered for: "Well, I think it’s an obvious question; it’s the makeup, it’s the costume, it’s the fantastic show that we created. And as it evolved over the years, it only got bigger -- and I think that’s what we're gonna be remembered for. And the music, of course!"
Ace Frehley North American tour dates (subject to change):
September 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
September 16 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 17 - Ardmore, PA - The Ardmore Music Hall
December 15 - San Antonio, TX - Vibes Event Center
December 16 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Gene Simmons tour dates (subject to change):
September 16 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Bike Week
October 17 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
October 24 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas
October 26 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Cariola
October 30 - Benito Juarez, Mexico - Pepsi Center
November 1 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
November 12 - Providence, RI - Veterans Memorial Auditorium
February 16 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
KISS tour dates (subject to change):
September 26 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land
September 27 - Irving, TX - Pavilion At The Irving Music Factory
September 28 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP
September 30 - Gretna, LA - Gretna Heritage Festival
Just released is Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience -- which celebrates the Kiss co-founder's 50 years in music. According to the press release, the new Vault "offers a unique look into 'The Demon's' colorful life, including never-before-released songs, photos, stories and collectible items. Additionally, every Vault will be personally delivered to each fan by Simmons himself. Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience begins with a personal delivery, by Simmons himself, of a numbered, limited-edition, 17-inch by 25-inch, 38-pound Vault, during Simmons' Vault World Tour set to take place January 2018 through December 2018.”
Among the highlights in the 150 songs included in the 10-CD set are his 1977 demos with Eddie and Alex Van Halen for "Christine Sixteen," "Got Love For Sale," and "Tunnel Of Love.”
Earlier this year, Paul Stanley chatted with Billboard and spoke frankly about reuniting with the original members of Kiss: "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is -- I've played with (current Kiss drummer) Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy (Thayer has) been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from.”