Another day, another artist sidelined by the very real threat of COVID-19.
Just a few days ago, KISS singer Paul Stanley had tested positive for the coronavirus although he and the rest of the tour crew have been fully vaccinated, forcing the band to postpone their concert in Burgettstown, PA. Now, Gene Simmons has tested positive, which means a few more shows on the band's 'End of the Road' tour will need to be rescheduled.
The band made the announcement Tuesday on social media, ensuring fans that all previously purchased tickets would be honored for the new dates, once they're announced. KISS also informed fans that "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."
KISS 2021 Tour Dates Affected:
9/1 | Clarkston, MI | POSTPONED
9/2 | Dayton, OH | POSTPONED
9/4 | Tinley Park, IL | POSTPONED
9/5 | Milwaukee, WI | POSTPONED
Official KISS footage has surfaced from the night before Stanley tested positive, showing the band and crowd singing "Happy Birthday" to Simmons, who at one point comes face-to-face on stage with Stanley.
Simmons has been a vocal proponent of vaccines throughout the spread of the coronavirus, at one point saying, "My druthers would be that everybody is mandated to get vaccines,” adding, "we are not allowing roadies or anybody else to be anywhere backstage unless they’re vaccinated and the masks are on the whole time." Aware of the abrasiveness of his next statement, he continued, “I’m not worried -- and it’s unkind to say this -- I’m not worried if an idiot gets COVID and dies,” Simmons said. “I’m worried he takes other people with him. Who didn’t have a choice."
It's worth noting that with cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 still spreading worldwide, some bands and artists have made the difficult decision to cancel all planned dates until the virus has been contained.
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