The legendary rock and roll outfits Kiss and The Eagles dominated American rock stages and charts in the 1970s with very different rock personas — but the acts had more in common than is generally thought. Besides selling boatloads of records and selling out arenas at will, Kiss and The Eagles aged into acrimony — with band members’ old camaraderie scorched by the fire of success and fame. In the Eagles’ case, the bitterness was so deep that a reunion was always considered impossible — a fact the band alluded to in calling their ultimate reunion “Hell Freezes Over” and touring under the name. Now Kiss rocker Ace Frehley, long estranged from Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, is doing what it takes to get the band back together, as the phrase goes. Just like the Eagles did.
Frehley has been on the outs with his Kiss bandmates for nearly two decades, while Kiss has plowed along with former guitar tech Tommy Thayer in Frehley’s role. Frehley has released solo material and toured on his own — but now word has it his upcoming album has two tunes on it he co-wrote with Simmons. Hell sometimes just…well, you know what it does. Frehley and Simmons are scheduled to perform together at a St. Paul, Minnesota benefit concert for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The September 20th concert is sponsored by The Children Matter, an NGO founded by Simmons. One of the other performers happens to be former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.