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Ace Frehley

7 p.m. Tuesday, February 26. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

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When I spoke with former KISS drummer Peter Criss last year, he expressed hope that his lifelong pal, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, would put out a new album and hit the road because "success really bothers certain people" — alluding to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Criss also added, "I'd like to hear him make some noise." Indeed, although the 56-year-old Frehley has been somewhat reclusive since finally parting ways with KISS in 2002, he's making some noise now: He recently revealed that he's finishing up his first solo disc since 1989's Trouble Walkin', and is out touring for the first time in ages. If you go, you'll almost certainly hear some new tunes mixed in with songs from his highly underrated solo career — and maybe a few of the KISS classics he penned (like "Cold Gin"), too.

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