Gene Simmons Announces His First Show After KISS Farewell
Gene Simmons has announced his first solo band performance since the conclusion of KISS’s End of the Road farewell tour.
Fans can see Gene Simmons Band live on Friday, April 26, at the Summer Breeze festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For his new project, the bassist will be joined by notable musicians Brent Woods (who has played with Sebastian Bach and Vince Neil), Zach Throne (a collaborator of Corey Taylor), and drummer Brian Tichy (known for his work with Whitesnake, Billy Idol, and Foreigner).
The Genesis Of Simmons’ Solo Project
Before this, from 2017 to 2018, Simmons’ band included different members who had worked with artists like Kid Rock. The idea for Gene’s solo band emerged somewhat unexpectedly. In an interview with Australia’s Advertiser in 2018, Simmons recalled how a request to perform at a corporate event led to the formation of the band, saying:
“The Gene Simmons Band was not a plan or anything. About a year ago, a corporate event asked me to be keynote speaker… Then they said, ‘Won’t you get up and sing a few tunes?’ I explained that you can’t just do that; you’ve got to have a band and rehearse and all that. They said, ‘Well, we’ll pay you X dollars more,’ and I said, ‘I like you!’ So I put together a band from Nashville — these guys back up Kid Rock and lots of other people — and without a single rehearsal, I just told them which songs I wanted to do, and they learned them.”
KISS’s last concert of their farewell tour was held on December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As Simmons embarks on his solo journey, KISS’s frontman Paul Stanley is also exploring new horizons with his latest collection of paintings. Stanley’s artistic venture will be shown in special events scheduled for February 23 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and February 24 at Boca Raton Town Center Mall.
You can see the announcement from the promoter below.
From the promoter… GENE SIMMONS will play BRASIL in April 2024.
This is band’s lineup: pic.twitter.com/kZhk01YTyY
— Mitch Lafon (@mitchlafon) January 17, 2024