Gene Simmons Announces First Show After KISS
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Gene Simmons of KISS performs on stage during End Of The Road World Tour at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons is set to take the stage with his solo band, marking his initial performance following Kiss’s final concert.
The Gene Simmons Band will be featured at the Summer Breeze festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, April 26. The lineup includes guitarists Brent Woods (known for Sebastian Bach and Vince Neil) and Zach Throne (associated with Corey Taylor), along with drummer Brian Tichy (noted for Whitesnake, Billy Idol, and Foreigner). (Adipex)
Simmons last toured with his solo band in 2018, presenting a different set of musicians for performances in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
In previous solo band tours, Simmons showcased a mix of Kiss classics and covered songs from iconic rock artists such as the Beatles, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry. The bassist also explored tracks from his 1978 solo album.
What’s Next for Kiss?
After Kiss bid farewell with their last show on December 2 at Madison Square Garden, the band disclosed plans to continue as a virtual act. Frontman Paul Stanley announced the next phase, emphasizing that the end of one road marks the beginning of another. Although the virtual Kiss avatars were previewed, the full technology for the project is still in progress, and the virtual Kiss is anticipated to debut in 2027.
Even though the human version of Kiss has concluded touring, its members remain active. Stanley is preparing for a pair of art shows in February to exhibit his paintings. Meanwhile, guitarist Tommy Thayer confirmed that he is not ready for complete retirement. Thayer clarified:
“I’m not thinking of continuing to play in another band or that sort of thing – that doesn’t appeal to me. But I look forward to an exciting future, working hard and being a part of good things going forward.”