KISS’ Gene Simmons On Testing Positive For COVID-19: “Thanks To The Vaccine, I’m Really Fine”

KISS’ Gene Simmons has shared a health update after recently testing positive for COVID-19. Since the musician is fully vaccinated, he has been “really fine.” Simmons tweeted the following:

KISS Postpone More Shows After Gene Simmons Tests Positive For COVID-19

KISS’ Gene Simmons has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the group have been forced to postpone four more shows. This news comes after they previously postponed three shows due to Paul Stanley contracting the virus. The band and their crew are all fully vaccinated.

KISS issued the following statement:

“KISS will postpone their next four tour dates. While Paul Stanley recently tweeted that he has recovered from COVID, Gene Simmons has now tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms. 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.”

Postponed Dates:

08/26 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
08/28 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/29 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
09/01 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/02 Dayton, OH – Wright State University Nutter Center
09/04 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/05 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds

KISS Postpone Raleigh, NC And Atlanta, GA Shows, Paul Stanley Shares New Health Update After Testing Positive For COVID-19

As previously reported, KISS recently postponed their August 26 show at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA after frontman Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the band have confirmed that their August 28 show at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC and their August 29 show at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA have been postponed as well.

In related news, Stanley has since shared a health update:

“Some really rough days behind and hopefully just a few more ahead. Then… I’M COMIN’ OUT THERE TO SEE YOU!!!!”

Gene Simmons also commented on Stanley’s condition during an interview on “TMZ Live” [via Blabbermouth]:

“It is true that Paul caught COVID because this delta variant is very catchy. Please send him your best wishes. But I just talked with Paul. We are sequestered, we are quarantined in a hotel. He’s gonna be great because he got vaccinated. He’s gonna be fine. The nature of this vaccine is that it protects you from going and having tubes down your throat and possibly dying. So you can still get it.

Everybody, wear your masks, please, especially in public, and please get your Pfizer vaccine,” he continued. “The rest of it is not as important as our health. We’re all doing fine. We’re gonna get back there on the road. But the rest of you, get yourself vaccinated. Please wear your masks. Wash your hands. Do all the right stuff.”

He added:

“Yesterday he started feeling like his voice wasn’t up to it and he started feeling a little fatigued. So we always take precautions. And we sent a doctor over, and he said, ‘Okay, you may be coming down with something. You guys better just stop.’ And that’s exactly what we did. And at the right time, as soon as we heard from the doctor, we had paramedics come in from a local hospital and tested the entire crew — the truck drivers, our backstage lineup, the band and everything. Everybody tested negative; Paul tested positive. Now we’re quarantining ourselves — all of us; the band, the crew and everybody — for at least five days, just to make sure that we’re not carrying it even though we’re not experiencing anything. I feel great. We can do shows. My voice is great. Paul is not feeling great. And to be safe for everybody else, we’re making sure.”

Simmons then continued when asked about further concert cancellations:

“You know what? I won’t comment on it because I don’t know the specifics. We’re waiting on the doctors to tell us exactly what we can and what we can’t do. But to all those who are wishing Paul a speedy recovery and all that stuff, he’s gonna be great. And, obviously, as you know, without Paul, there is no KISS.”

KISS’ Gene Simmons Still Thinks “Rock Is Dead”, Paul Stanley Disagrees

During a recent interview with Consequence Of Sound, Gene Simmons said that he still believes that “rock is dead.” However, his KISS bandmate Paul Stanley has since told SiriusXM Canada’s “Canada Now With Jeff Sammut” that he disagrees with that assertion.

Simmons said the following:

“The point is, yeah, rock is dead because if we play the game from 1958 until 1988, which is 30 years, you had Elvis [Presley], THE BEATLES, THE [ROLLING] STONES, PINK FLOYD, and on and on and on. And you can go to the heavy part of it, which is METALLICA, [IRON] MAIDEN, if you want to put KISS in there, that’s fine. AC/DC, on and on and on. Even U2, Prince, [David] Bowie, EAGLES. And then you get to disco stuff, and Madonna, and that stuff, and Motown, of course. And then from 1988 until today, who’s the new BEATLES? I’ve heard a reaction of FOO FIGHTERS, one of my favorite bands, but you’re kidding yourself. There’s also the boy bands: NSYNC, ONE DIRECTION, BTS, and [sarcastically] XYZ, PTA, and good for them that they’ve got success. Don’t kid yourself. As soon as those girls are gonna grow a little bit older, that’s going to go away. It’s like sugar: you taste it, it gives you that little energy boost, and then it’s gone forever and you don’t care. But don’t kid yourself, it ain’t THE BEATLES. They don’t write songs, they don’t play instruments, it ain’t that. And we all love Elvis; [he] never wrote a song in his life. There’s just nothing that compares to THE BEATLES. The reason for that is not because there’s a lack of talent, but because young folks, that kid living in his mom’s basement, decided one day that he didn’t want to pay for music. He wanted to download and file share. And that’s what killed the chances for the next generation of great bands. The fact that the music was for free. So nowadays new bands don’t have a chance.”

“It’s like flowers — people water them and make sure there’s enough sun and all that stuff. And as soon as you take your eyes off and you don’t water the flowers, they will die. And people wonder why there aren’t beautiful flowers. Well, because you don’t water them. You get what you pay for. So nowadays, if you download a song, the artist will get 1/100th of one cent. Even Spotify … the artist sees very little of that. So you get what you pay for.

Rock is dead — you bet your ass it is — not because the talent isn’t there, but because the business model just doesn’t work. And so that leaves live performances. And I really hope once this vaccine takes hold — you better get shot up twice — that people go out to the local clubs and see all the new bands and support new bands. Like a baby that’s on the floor, go up there, pick that baby up and coddle it, give it love, because those new bands need your love.

It’s not going to affect me. I make a living, but the new bands need the love and attention. Don’t just go see METALLICA and Taylor [Swift] or KISS. On the weekends, go to a place that’s got live music. And I don’t mean guys that press a button and do EDM. That’s fine, too. But that guy, if you put an instrument in his hands, wouldn’t have a clue what to do with it — never wrote a song, wouldn’t know what an A minor, A major or a seventh is. You need to support the new generation of talented people who are musicians and writers and so on. Don’t let the robots take away everything.”

Despite Simmons’ comments, Stanley disagrees:

“I think that life, rock, whatever it is, is never a constant. Let’s say, for example, if you take somebody’s pulse and it’s weak, it doesn’t mean they’re dead. It means that the pulse is weak. And it doesn’t mean it won’t come back stronger.

I don’t think that music can ever be dead. I don’t think that bands can be dead, rock can be dead. It just takes somebody to reignite it to the level that it has been at some time in the past.

A computer will never take the place of flesh-and-blood people making music. People may be enamored with it, and it may eclipse the other, but ultimately, it all comes full circle — it all comes back. It doesn’t go away. It may be sleeping. But there are bands out there making great music.

Nobody’s complaining about FOO FIGHTERS. Dave [Grohl] is passionate about what he’s doing and they’re terrific. So there are bands out there. As far as new bands, somebody will come along. Somebody will pick up the flag and go forward.

Like I said, the pulse may be a little weak, but the patient’s coming back.”

[via Blabbermouth / Blabbermouth]

Gene Simmons (KISS) Still Thinks Rock Is Dead

Awhile back, Gene Simmons (KISS) generated some controversy after claiming that rock is dead. Now, during an interview with Gulf News, he said that he hasn’t changed his mind and that he thinks “new bands haven’t taken the time to create glamor, excitement and epic stuff.”

Simmons said the following:

“Rock is dead. And that’s because new bands haven’t taken the time to create glamor, excitement and epic stuff. I mean, Foo Fighters is a terrific band, but that’s a 20-year-old band. So you can go back to 1958 until 1988. That’s 30 years. During that time, we had Elvis [Presley], The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, on and on. In disco, you had Madonna, and then you had your hard rock, you had AC/DC, maybe us, a few others. Motown, all that great music. From 1988, until today, that’s more than 30 years. Tell me who the new Beatles is. You can’t. There are popular bands. BTS is very popular. All kinds of bands are very popular. That doesn’t mean iconic and legacy and for all time. It’s different.”

He continued when asked if he thinks time will tell if some artists will become iconic 30 years from now:

“I doubt it. Because the singularity that was The Beatles is a band that wrote their own songs, arranged it themselves, produced it themselves, mostly played all their own instruments. No backing tracks. No digital enhancement. No vocal correctness. Yeah, not gonna happen again. You know, the modern artists rely so much on technology. You may not be able to recognize the artist if they record themselves singing in the shower. You’d be shocked. And none of the rappers play instruments. Don’t write songs. They write words. But chords, melodies, harmonies and stuff. It doesn’t mean that rap isn’t important. It’s very important. But it ain’t The Beatles.”

Simmons then went on to praise pop artists:

“I think Billie Eilish is fantastic. She’s interesting because she and her brother actually write the material and are unique to themselves. Lady Gaga is fantastic in the female category. She writes her own material, she can sing like nobody’s business. But she actually is a musician, writes her own songs, plays piano, she can actually do that. The rest of the world reacts to a lot of the pop divas, although mostly they don’t write their own songs and can’t play an instrument. And by the way, that’s okay, too. It doesn’t matter what you like. But it ain’t The Beatles.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Paul Stanley Says He “Would Consider It A Real Feather In The Cap If KISS Could Continue As A Viable Live Act” Without Him And Gene Simmons

KISS are expected to wrap up their farewell tour in 2022, but it seems Paul Stanley is still considering the possibility of having the band continue with no original members. During a recent interview with Scott Lipps, Stanley said that he “would consider it a real feather in the cap if KISS could continue as a viable live act” without him and Gene Simmons.

Stanley said the following:

“Unlike other bands, that rubs some people the wrong way, but KISS is so much more than a band. Look, you go see any act now — any band, any performer — and you’re seeing a KISS show, you’re seeing the KISS DNA, because everything that anybody does is, in some way, based on what we’ve done. And I’ve always believed that the band is bigger than the individuals. People would say, in the beginning, ‘Oh, that’s not true.’ Well, they’re half wrong now, because Eric’s been in and out of the band for over 20 years, and Tommy’s been in the band probably 18 now, and the band’s never been better.

So my feeling is… Is there someone who can take my place? I think I’m really damn good, but I also know that there’s people out there who are as committed to what they do as I’ve been and should be able to do what I do without copying it. So do I think it’s possible? Yeah. I actually would consider it beyond flattering — I would consider it a real feather in the cap if KISS could continue as a viable live act, because it’s ultimately about what we deliver and about our philosophy of giving fans a hundred percent, not only on stage but in terms of this reciprocity that we have with them.”

He also added:

“Could another band do it? I don’t wanna point fingers, but at this point, who are THE EAGLES? It’s [Don] Henley and a bunch of other guys who are really super talented. Does it sound like THE EAGLES? Yeah. So, people wanna hear that music. When Steve Perry left JOURNEY, you had [people saying], ‘Well, that’s the end of JOURNEY,’ but people wanna hear those songs, and they wanna hear them done the way they remember them, so Arnel [Pineda] does a great job. So this just takes it to another level. But we’re not setting the precedent; we’re just following one.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

KISS Working On Career-Spanning Book Of Concert Posters

During a Facebook Live chat with Scott Brown, the United States ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Gene Simmons revealed that KISS are working on a new book of concert posters. The coffee table book will feature posters from 1973 to 2020.

Simmons said the following:

“Here’s one of the things I’m really excited about, is to put out a huge — we’re working on the deal now — a huge coffee table book. I mean, as big as we can get it, and it’s posters from 1973 until 2020. And these are original posters — KISS posters from the very beginning.”

“It’s interesting historically. When you go back, some of the bands we took out on their first tours. So you’ll see ‘KISS’ with the faces, and you’ll see little ‘AC/DC’. See ‘KISS’ and little ‘RUSH’; these are all bands we took out on their first tour. BON JOVI, MÖTLEY CRÜE, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, SCORPIONS — you name it — we took ’em on their first tour. Not because it’s about, ‘Hey, we know stuff.’ We’re fans too. When you hear something that’s good, you say, ‘Hey, that’s kind of cool.’ And if you have the power — somebody gave us a chance to get up there — carry it forward; pass it forward; give somebody else a chance to get up there. We weren’t some of those assholes who would pull down the volume when the opening act [is on]. That’s all nonsense. You wanna use all the lights and all the sound? Go for it. Just be as good as you can be, ’cause that makes the whole night better. And if fans love the whole night…? Who wants a stinky band opening the show? C’mon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

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Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Metallica, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, Etc. Members Featured In “Come On Feel The Noize” Documentary

Cleopatra Entertainment will be releasing the German-produced documentary “Come On Feel The Noize: The Story Of How Rock Became Metal” next month. The film will be available on VOD platforms starting on December 3, before being released on DVD on December 17. The documentary, which was written/produced by Thore Vollert and directed by Jörg Sonntag, features interviews with Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Gene Simmons (KISS), James Hetfield (Metallica), Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), and more.

[via Blabbermouth]