KISS Postpone Tour Dates After Gene Simmons Tests Positive
2021 continues to be a clusterfuck of epic proportions. With countless concerts and music festivals cancelling or postponing shows due to the rapidly-spreading COVID delta variant comes news that legendary rock band KISS announced they will be postponing several upcoming shows as frontman Gene Simmons has tested positive for COVID-19. This comes on top of bandmate and guitarist Paul Stanley‘s positive diagnosis earlier this week.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band KISS had embarked on the End of The Road Tour that had been originally scheduled for 2020 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic last year. Prior to hitting the road, the band took all needed precautions as the delta variant began to take over forcing KISS to put all the necessary COVID-19 protocols in place, including a COVID protocol officer to ensure the band’s and its road crews’ safety. The band and crew will be in isolation until the tour is scheduled to resume on September 9 in Irvine, California.
Last week the Pennsylvania show was postponed after the announcement of Stanley’s positive diagnosis despite the fact that he and the rest of the band and crew have all been vaccinated. The affected upcoming dates include concerts in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. Stanley announced Monday (August 30) he has recovered after having experienced “mild symptoms” yet saying COVID “kicked my ass.”
Tickets purchased for the End of The Road Tour will be honored for new dates as they are announced.
Kiss Kruise is still scheduled for October 29 through November 3.
The November and December dates originally listed for November and December have been postponed until March and April of 2022, followed by tours in South America and Europe.
The KISS New Year’s run is at Zappo’s Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, with another nine-day run there end of January to beginning of January before they hit the international tours.