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Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley of Kiss Play Together After 16 Years

Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley of Kiss Play Together After 16 Years
Gene Simmons' face on a newborn calf in Texas(Illustration with Twitter post/@AP_Oddities)

By    |   Friday, 22 September 2017 07:57 AM

Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley played together for the first time in 16 years as the original members of the band Kiss came together for a charity concert Wednesday night at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota for hurricane victims.

Before the concert, Simmons and Frehley joined Cheap Trip guitarist Rick Nielsen and former Eagles member Don Felder on radio station KQRS-FM to talk about the fundraiser, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.

"I just did four shows on the East Coast, and I looked at my calendar and I noticed I was off today," Frehley said about the brief reunion, per the Star Tribune. "I had to head back to San Diego eventually where I live, so I figured I could make a pit stop here. I called Gene, and he was really excited about me being involved, and it's that simple."

Neither wanted to talk about their past bad blood and feud that had helped break up the band.

"Do you ever argue and scream at family members?" Simmons said, per the Star Tribune. "It's called family biz. Family is family, and you go through all kinds of things, and if that's news to you then you're being delusional. You disagree with your mom and your dad and other family members. That's called family."

Frehley introduction at the concert was captured on video and has received more than 112,000 views on YouTube.

"Before you were born – there he is – 1973, in New York City, this guy and I and two other guys put together a band we never saw onstage – let's hear it for Ace Frehley," Simmons told the audience. "He still looks great, goddamn it, doesn't he?"

They performed Kiss songs "Parasite," "Cold Gin," "Shock Me," and "Rock and Roll All Nite" at the Hurricane Harvey benefit, Rolling Stone magazine said.

Kiss, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, formed in the early 1970s with Simmons, Frehley, Paul Stanley and drummer Peter Criss, according to its hall biography. The band became known for its onstage persona and makeup as much as its music, noted the biography.

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