UPDATED: Less than a week after KISS postponed a show because lead singer Paul Stanley had Covid, the band announced its tongue-wagging bassist Gene Simmons, 72, had also tested positive. As a result, the band postponed its next four shows, which are in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. KISS plans on returning to the stage for its September 9 show in Irvine, CA.
“Gene Simmons has now tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms,” according to a statement on the band’s Facebook page. “The band and crew will remain at home and isolate for the next 10 days.” The band previously confirmed that all of its members and tour crew are fully vaccinated.
Simmons is an outspoken supporter of COVID vaccines and vaccine mandates, telling Yahoo Music earlier this month:
Let’s be honest: You can’t drive through a red light. You don’t have that freedom. You must wear a seatbelt…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.
Given today’s news, his opinions likely have not changed.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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