The next KISS shows have been postponed due to Simmons’ diagnosis.
Last week, Paul Stanley, member of hard rock group KISS, tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the group to postpone their next show. The other members of the group all got tested after Stanley’s diagnosis, which came back negative. However, just as Stanley was recovering from the symptoms of his infection this week, another of his bandmates has been taken out of action by COVID.
The official KISS Twitter announced yesterday that the next four tour dates on the KISS End of the Road tour have been postponed due to Gene Simmons testing positive for the virus. “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 Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA,” the tweet read. Ticketholders for the postponed shows will be contacted directly with information and options.
The members of the band, as well as their staff, have been doing their best to operate within a closed bubble to protect their health. All four members of KISS have been fully vaccinated, which Stanley cited in a tweet as the reason that his symptoms were only mild, though he did note that despite that, the illness still “kicked my ass.”
Earlier in the month, Gene Simmons spoke in support of the notion of vaccine mandates to Yahoo Entertainment. “Let’s be honest: You can’t drive through a red light. You don’t have that freedom. You must wear a seatbelt,” Simmons said. “You’re not allowed to stand up in a movie theater and yell ‘fire’ just because you want to — that’s incitement to riot. So these idiots who are complaining about getting COVID shots or not wearing masks are misunderstanding. They do not have the right to hurt other people. And this is a pandemic and it’s very catchy potentially and you could be infecting other people, which is why I’m a firm believer that this should be a law.”