KISS Postpones Four ‘End of the Road’ Tour Dates as Gene Simmons Tests Positive for COVID-19

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It’s been an eventful few days for KISS — and on Tuesday, just hours after Paul Stanley updated his recovery after a positive COVID-19 test, the band announced in a statement that Gene Simmons, now, has also tested positive, prompting the postponement of four more tour dates.

The band’s full 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.

2021 Tour Itinerary

September 1 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre POSTPONED

September 2 – Dayton, OH – Wright State University Nutter Center POSTPONED

September 4 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre POSTPONED

September 5 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds POSTPONED

KISS’ upcoming schedule, barring any further postponements:

September 9, 2021 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre*
September 10, 2021 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*
September 12, 2021 Wheatland, CA Toyota Amphitheatre*
September 17, 2021 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
September 18, 2021 George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
September 21, 2021 Boise, ID ExtraMile Arena
September 22, 2021 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
September 23, 2021 Sparks, NV Nugget Event Center*^
September 25, 2021 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 26, 2021 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 28, 2021 Hidalgo, TX Payne Arena*^
September 29, 2021 Del Valle, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater
October 1, 2021 Fort Worth, TX Dickies Arena
October 2, 2021 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
October 5, 2021 Biloxi, MI Mississippi Coast Coliseum
October 6, 2021 Lafayette, LA Lafayette Cajundome
October 8, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL iThink Financial Amphitheatre*
October 9, 2021 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*

^ Not a Live Nation Show

These setbacks for KISS indicate the unpredictability of touring amid the pandemic — even with strict health and safety precautions in place. Simmons outlined the rigorous preparations the band put in place for the tour to ensure everyone’s safety and health when discussing the band’s newly announced Las Vegas residency with Rolling Stone in a Q&A:

“I would highly recommend for everybody to get two Pfizer or Moderna shots, please — for the rest of us. Even if you believe the Earth is flat, it’s not. The former president… I knew the man before he ran for office. It was a crime for him to rip the mask off and take that stance and create that negative culture of distrust when he himself was vaccinated. The least he could do is say, “Hey, guys, I’ve been vaccinated because I don’t want to die. You may want to think about doing the same thing.” Nope, never talked about it. I think that’s highly unethical. So what do we do? The entire road crew must be vaccinated twice. Nobody gets backstage or onstage without wearing masks, and everybody stays at a safe distance and you’ve got to wash your hands and do everything else the CDC says. Don’t listen to politicians. They’re not qualified. Listen to scientists.”

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