Gene Simmons has tested positive for COVID-19.
The KISS bassist/vocalist’s diagnosis comes less than a week after his bandmate Paul Stanley revealed that he had also contracted the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, forcing the postponement of three shows on the group’s “End Of The Road” farewell tour.
Earlier today (Tuesday, August 31), KISS released the following statement: “KISS will postpone their next four tour dates. While Paul Stanley recently tweeted that he has recovered from COVID, Gene Simmons has now tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms. 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. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates once announced. More information will be emailed to ticketholders directly.”
Aug. 26 – Burgettstown, PA @ The Pavilion at Star Lake
Aug. 28 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Aug. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sep. 01 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 02 – Dayton, OH @ Wright State University Nutter Center
Sep. 04 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 05 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
When Stanley first tested positive last Thursday, KISS said the whole band and the crew members who are traveling with them on the tour are fully vaccinated.
Members of KISS “and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows,” the band wrote in the statement.
“The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines,” the statement continued.