KISS rocker Gene Simmons, the 72-year-old bassist and co-singer known as “The Demon” in KISS lore, has explained why the group has canceled their upcoming Las Vegas residency.
First announced in August, the residency was scheduled to include several KISS concerts from December 2021 to February 2022 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino. After reports emerged in October that the shows had been cut, longtime KISS director Doc McGhee suggested they would be rescheduled.
This week, Simmons echoed those remarks. “Definitely, oh definitely,” the musician replied when asked if KISS would be returning and why the residency had been canceled.
“Our original plan was to get there just before New Years,” Simmons told the Las Vegas Review, “but it was just too busy. When I came to town and joined my friend Dave Grohl on stage that same night you could see Strait of George at the T-Mobile Arena, literally across the street. You walk down the street and you can see a lot more artists. I mean, it’s packed. There are more artists per square inch in a city that never sleeps than anywhere on the planet. “
However, the KISS singer said the band would revisit the idea “in a year, maybe six months. He added,” With all due respect to all the other artists who are great, and who are tall and iconic, we’d rather wait for the traffic to calm down and bring the best show on Earth, period. “
KISS recently completed the 2021 U.S. leg of their End of the Road farewell tour, but gigs were affected when Simmons and teammate Paul Stanley each tested positive for COVID-19. Stanley recently explained why KISS refused to make a new studio album.
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