Back in December 2017 a woman, who was said to be a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station,” filed suit against Gene Simmons (KISS), due to sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination, etc. Now, Billboard are reporting that Simmons and the plaintiff told Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy that they had reached a settlement. The terms of the agreement have not been made available and both sides still need to file an official request for dismissal. This news comes after Simmons previously said it was dismissed back in April.
According to TMZ, Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, HELLYEAH) will be buried in a KISS coffin that was provided by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. This is significant due to the fact that his late brother and Pantera bamdmate “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was buried in the original KISS casket prototype back in 2004. A public memorial will be held for the drummer at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX on Sunday (July 1) at 3:33 p.m. A private funeral will take place on Saturday (June 30) and it is also scheduled to start at 3:33 p.m. He will be buried alongside his mother and brother with some of his personal items including his hat and more. Vinnie Paul passed away on June 22 at the age of 54. An official cause of a death has yet to be revealed, but early reports have suggested his death was the result of a “major heart attack.”
During a chat with Sweden’s Expressen, Gene Simmons said KISS will be launching a three year long world tour in January 2019. He went on to say it will be the band’s “most spectacular tour ever” and that it will hit “all continents.” This news comes after Paul Stanley previously promised a “major” tour.
During an appearance on CNBC‘s “Squawk Box”, Paul Stanley revealed that KISS will be heading out on a “major” tour next year. He said the following: “A major KISS tour, I would say, starts at the end of January. It hasn’t been announced yet, so don’t tell anybody.” “Breaking news.” He also added: “This will be the biggest tour we’ve done, the biggest show we’ve done.” No further details are available.
Back in December a woman, who was said to be a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station,” filed suit against Gene Simmons (KISS), due to sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination, etc. Now, Simmons claims that lawsuit has since been dismissed. He told Australia’s News Corp the following about that: “It’s already dismissed with prejudice. We’re going after that person. When I was growing up and somebody said something bad about you, you would be able to sue back for slander.” He also added: “There’s presumption of innocence, and I don’t go into the night softly. I’ve had a long 45-year career. Anybody wants to start something, you picked the wrong guy.”
KISS’ Paul Stanley has been recruited to deliver the commencement speech at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware on May 12. You can read more about that HERE. Wesley President Robert E. Clark II commented:
“Paul has entertained, inspired, and helped better the lives of millions of people around the world. I have known Paul for over three decades and I am excited for our College and community to be able to have the opportunity to meet and hear from my friend and true American legend.”
During John 5’s (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson) April 11 show at Discovery Ventura in Ventura, California, the guitarist was joined onstage by Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) for covers of KISS’ “Parasite” and Mötley Crüe’s “Shout At The Devil”, and Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) for a cover of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” You can see some footage from the show below: