Alice Cooper has announced a 24-date double-bill tour with Kiss co-founder Ace Frehley. Rolling Stone posted the joint dates kick off on September 18th in Gilford, New Hampshire at the Bank of NH Pavilion, and stretch through October 22nd, when the tour hits Tupelo, Mississippi's Bancorp South Arena.

Alice Cooper said in a statement announcing the shows: "We’ve always had fun touring together and it should be a heavy rock show with Ace and a great way to get everyone back to live concerts again. It should be a great night of virtuoso guitars!"

Frehley added: "I’ve known Alice for over 30 years. We’re good friends, and we’ve toured together numerous times and always had a blast. Our musical roots are very similar, and the combination of our two bands make for a great event that nobody is gonna want to miss. Being off the road for more than a year because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone in the music industry, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the fans happy, healthy, and ready to rock."

Alice Cooper told us that the days of blowing an audience's mind with stage theatrics have really changed over the decades: ["I don't think you can shock an audience anymore, really. I mean, CNN's more shocking than anything Marilyn Manson or I can do, because (laughs), they used to hang me onstage, now you see people really getting hung on TV. So, the idea is just to bombard the audience with vaudeville-type of burlesque comedy — but make sure the music is the basis of everything. I mean, you can't put icing on the cake without the cake. So a 10-hour rehearsal is nine hours on the music, and one hour on the theatrics."] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . on the theatrics)

When we last caught up with Ace Frehley, we asked him what he ultimately thinks he and Kiss will be remembered for: ["Well, I think it’s an obvious question; it’s the makeup, it’s the costume, it’s the fantastic show that we created. And as it evolved over the years, it only got bigger — and I think that’s what we're gonna be remembered for. And the music, of course!"] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . .  music of course)

JUST ANNOUNCED: Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley 2021 tour dates (subject to change):

September 17 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall at Oceans Resort Casino (Alice Cooper only)
September 18 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion
September 19 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
September 21 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
September 22 – Farmingville, NY – Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheatre at Bald Hill
September 24 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
September 25 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 27 – Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater
September 28 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
September 29 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
October 1 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
October 2 – St Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
October 3 – Nashville, TN -Ascend Amphitheatre
October 5 – Pikeville, KY – Appalachian Wireless Arena
October 6 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
October 7 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 9 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
October 10 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
October 11 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 13 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Center
October 14 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
October 18 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
October 19 – Austin, TX – HEB Center
October 20 – Ft. Worth, TX – Will Rogers Auditorium
October 22 – Tupelo, MS – Bancorp South Arena
October 23 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
(Alice Cooper only)

Ace Frehley On What Kiss Will Be Remembered For :

Alice Cooper On Current Theatrics In Rock :