Gene Simmons Set to Return to the Stage with First Post-Kiss Solo Band Concert
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Gene Simmons is set to make his first post-Kiss appearance with his solo band at the Summer Breeze festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, April 26. The Gene Simmons Band includes guitarists Brent Woods and Zach Throne, along with drummer Brian Tichy. This marks Simmons’ return to the stage since Kiss’s final concert.
The bassist last toured with his solo band in 2018
Featuring a different lineup of musicians for performances in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. During these tours, Simmons entertained the audience with a mix of Kiss classics and covers of rock legends like the Beatles, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry. He also included some tracks from his 1978 solo album.
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Following Kiss’s farewell performance at Madison Square Garden on December 2, the band revealed plans to continue as a virtual act. Frontman Paul Stanley announced, “The end of this road is the beginning of another road,” as they introduced their next phase. While the virtual Kiss avatars were previewed, the full technology for the project is still in development, with the virtual debut expected in 2027.
Despite retiring from touring
Kiss members are keeping busy. Stanley has scheduled two art shows in February to display his paintings, and guitarist Tommy Thayer expressed that he is not ready for complete retirement, looking forward to an exciting future and being part of positive developments.
“I’m not thinking of continuing to play in another band or that sort of thing – that doesn’t appeal to me,” he clarified. “But I look forward to an exciting future, working hard and being a part of good things going forward.”