It’s on! Original KISS members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will reunite for the first time in 16 years when the guitarist joins his former bandmate for a performance at The Children Matter Benefit Concert at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the non-profit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life.

Ace Frehley

Right now, there are over 10,000 children and families in Houston, Texas, still living in shelters, displaced from their homes and in need of food and basic daily necessities immediately. Matter is helping send and distribute Matterbox Meals Kits, sanitation supplies, contamination prevention supplies, and more.

Alongside the Gene Simmons Band and Frehley, The Children Matter Benefit Concert will also see performances by some other great acts: Don Felder, Cheap Trick, The Jayhawks, and Flipp. Let’s hope it raises plenty of funds for the good work.

Meanwhile, Simmons is up to his own personal fundraising. He’s just released a $2,000, 38-pound box set called The Vault. It comprises 10 discs of solo material, 150 unreleased tracks, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure and an “In Gene We Trust” gold medallion. Of course it does! But it also contains three long-lost KISS demo tracks featuring Van Halen brothers Eddie and Alex.

Van Halen News Desk says the songs in question are “Christine Sixteen” and “Got Love For Sale,” from Kiss’ 1977 album Love Gun, and “Tunnel of Love” from Simmons’ self-titled 1978 solo album.

“I discovered the band,” Simmons told Rolling Stone in 2016. “I saw them and signed them. I produced their demo – 15 songs – which I still own, but the band just doesn’t want it to come out. They did me a favor. I was in Los Angeles, and I called Alex and Ed. ‘Listen, I got three songs. I’m going in at 2am. Do you want to help me?’ Usually I put down all the parts, but I wanted to do three songs instead of one. So we did ‘Christine Sixteen,’ and I put the keyboards on, everything else. Ed did the solo to the rhythm guitar, bass, and Alex was on drums.’”

After the Van Halen recordings failed to generated much interest, everyone went their separate ways. “I gave the demo back to the band,” Simmons told BraveWords. “I told them I had a tour to go on and afterward I would try to get them a record deal. But until then, I tore up our contract and set them free. It didn’t take them long to get on Warner Bros.”

You an even ask Gene more about things like this by ordering “The Gene Simmons Vault Home Experience”. For a fee of (sharp intake of breath) $50,000, the self-styled God Of Thunder/Demon will personally deliver The Vault to your house, spend two hours with you and up to 25 guests and host a personal Q&A session. There’s a very helpful Q&A about what you might expect and what not to expect from the visit at Simmons’ website.

(Example) Q: Will Gene Simmons clean my house?
A: No. The Demon does not do housework including windows.

There’s a cheaper $25,000 “Gene Simmons Vault Producer Experience” option, which allows you to spend an hour in the studio with Simmons, listening to tracks from The Vault.