Gene Simmons’ upcoming Aussie tour is set to feature a rather special guest, with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley apparently signing on as the support act.
Back in October, KISS bassist Gene Simmons announced that he was planning to head to Australia in February for his debut solo shows in the country. Sadly though, some rescheduling was done earlier this year and Simmons is now on track to visit our country in August and September.
However, while speaking at his New York City appearance as part of his Vault Experience, Simmons opened up about many of his past and present bandmates that have been teaming up with him on his solo tour.
Most surprisingly though was Simmons’ revelation that Ace Frehley, KISS’ co-founding guitarist, is set to join him as the support act for his upcoming Australian shows.
“So along the way, some of our friends and family members came by to say hello to wonderful folks like you. Ace [Frehley] has been to three of these Vault events — Los Angeles and a few others,” Simmons said. “Ace by the way is going to be opening for the Gene Simmons Band when we do five shows in Australia.”
“He’s going to be using my back up band and we’re just going to have a great time. He’ll play ‘Ozone’ and lots of other crazy stuff.”
However, Gene Simmons did note that out of all of his bandmates, the only one who hasn’t joined him for one of his Vault Experience is KISS vocalist Paul Stanley.
“Peter Criss came by yesterday in case that you didn’t hear. Vinnie Vincent is going to be in Nashville. Paul Stanley — I can’t get him to come out yet but we’ll see,” Simmons noted. “Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer have] been to Los Angeles. Bruce Kulick‘s been out. Of course, he likes to come out anywhere.”
Strangely, Gene Simmons noted that Ace Frehley is due to join him on five shows in Australia later this year. Considering there are only four shows on the itinerary, does this mean that Gene has an ace up his sleeve (no pun intended) and we’ll be getting an extra show? Or does it mean that he simply misspoke?
Either way, there’s a good chance these shows will be just another one of the huge spectacles we’ve come to expect from past and present members of KISS.
Check out Ace Frehley performing ‘Ozone’:
Gene Simmons Australian Tour 2018
Tuesday, August 28th
Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday, August 30th
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Friday, August 31st
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday, September 1st
Tivoli Centre, Brisbane, QLD