Gene Simmons Explains Why KISS Loses Money These Days
KISS co-founder Gene Simmons recently had an exclusive interview with Ultimate Classic Rock to share his thoughts on their upcoming shows and how KISS has been affected by the government regulations.
You might know that, just like the other bands in the music scene, KISS also had to stop their farewell tour ‘End Of The Road‘ in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Last year, the band made an official announcement on their social media accounts and stated that they will hit the road in 2021.
While the band members are trying to get ready for the tour that will re-start at Xfinity Center on August 18, 2021, they are also doing media interviews to promote the upcoming tour. In his latest interview with UCR, KISS bassist Gene Simmons shared his thoughts on government regulations and admitted that the band has lost a lot of money.
Gene stated that they had to cancel the meet-and-greet events and decided not to employ roadies unless vaccinated. He also noted that he blames former United States President Donald Trump because he did not take the COVID-19 seriously in the first place, which is why they have come to this point.
Here’s what the KISS bassist said in the interview:
“My druthers would be that everybody is mandated to get vaccines. I hope everybody is going to be wearing their masks. But we can only control what we can control and different states and different countries have different rules. Backstage, we’re not doing any meet and greets.
Obviously, we’re giving up a pretty penny, because fans pay a premium to come up and take photos and stuff. That’s gone. We are not allowing roadies or anybody else to be anywhere backstage unless they’re vaccinated and the masks are on the whole time.
‘I have my rights, don’t tell me what to do’ which is curious, because you do not have the right to drive down the highway in a car without a seatbelt. You must stop at a red light. That’s not a right you have and you don’t have the right to walk naked down the street. These are not life-threatening ideas. We’re talking about a fuckin’ pandemic and people are fighting it.”
The rocker continued:
“I blame our former president. I knew the man before he entered politics. But he got vaccinated and so have most of the other party. I’m not worried and it’s unkind to say this, I’m not worried if an idiot gets COVID and dies. I’m worried he takes other people with him who didn’t have a choice.
It doesn’t have to be death. Being in a hospital is horrific. There are so many cases of people who were deniers and who are begging in the hospital to get the vaccine. But it’s too late.”
‘The End Of The Road World Tour’ will continue on August 18, 2021, in Mansfield, and the band will give their final concert at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, on July 21, 2022. KISS will also do a couple of other shows at Zappos, Las Vegas, Nevada, starting in late December.