Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley to Perform Live Together for First Time Since 2001

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On Sept. 20, former Kiss bandmates Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons will perform live together for the first time in over 16 years.

It was announced today that Frehley has been added to the bill for the Children Matter Benefit Concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, which is being headlined by Simmons’ solo band. It has also been confirmed that Frehley and Simmons will share the stage. Cheap Trick and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder are also slated to perform.

This will be the third notable recent collaboration between Frehley and his former bandmates in recent years. Last April, founding Kiss guitarist and singer Paul Stanley contributed vocals to a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for Frehley’s covers album Origins, Vol. 1.

This past June, Simmons revealed that he and Frehley had written a pair of songs together: “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.”

Frehley, who last year celebrated a decade of sobriety, performed with Kiss from their formation in 1973 until his first departure in 1982. He rejoined for a reunion tour in 1996, then departed at the conclusion of Kiss’s “Farewell” tour in 2001.

Despite that tour’s title Simmons and Stanley ultimately decided to keep Kiss together without Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss – as they did throughout much of the ’80s and ’90s – this time with Eric Singer replacing Criss and Tommy Thayer taking over lead guitar duties.

Criss announced that he is retiring from live performances earlier this year, and played what he called his final U.S. show in June.

According to an official press release, all proceeds from The Children Matter Benefit Concert will be directed to the hurricane relief efforts of the nonprofit MATTER. The nonprofit works in partnership with on-ground relief organizations to source and ship the items needed most, such as: MATTERbox Meal Kits, sanitation and contamination prevention supplies and more to the children and families affected displaced by the hurricane.You can learn more about Matter at their official website.

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