Gene Simmons contracts COVID; KISS postpones four more shows

Tour is expected to return Sept 9th

While Paul Stanley recently tweeted that he has recovered from COVID, Gene Simmons has now tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms. KISS has now been forced to postpone their next four tour dates scheduled for this weekend. The band shared the news on their website and socials today (Tues, Aug 31st).

“The band and crew will remain at home and isolate for the next 10 days and doctors have indicated the tour should be able to resume on September 9th at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates once announced. More information will be emailed to ticketholders directly.”

Shows affected include Clarkston, MI on September 1st; Dayton, OH on September 2nd; Tinley Park, IL on September 4th; and Milwaukee, WI on September 5th.

“My COVID symptoms were MILD compared to many others and let me tell you… It kicked my ass. It’s over now,” Stanley shares on social media after postponing shows last week due to contracting it.

Earlier this month, Gene Simmons shared with us exclusively on The Music Universe Podcast that the band has safety practices in place to ensure the tour continues successfully.

“First of all we’re all gonna keep our staff safe because, you know, there are different laws in different states — and you can’t dictate to the fans, but once you get backstage, every road member, road crew, security, truck drivers, everybody’s gonna get vaccinated and wear masks. And the rest of you have a choice because you live in, ‘Oh so free America.’ There’s a law that says you have to wear a seatbelt and there isn’t a law that you have to wear a mask to protect others in case you infect them? That’s crazy.”

Simmons also confirms the band will not be meeting with fans on the trek due to the virus.

“That’s for the fans as well as us,” Simmons announces. “If one fan infects anyone of us, the entire tour is canceled and the insurance company goes insane and everybody sues each other — just one asshole who didn’t care about you — who cared only about his freedoms. Even as a courtesy when you yawn, you cover your mouth, don’t you? And you’re not willing to wear a mask that might endanger somebody else?”

KISS resumed their End of the Road final tour last week. North American dates are currently scheduled through October.

Buddy Iahn
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