Gene Simmons tests positive for COVID just days after KISS bandmate Paul Stanley was diagnosed: Band is forced to postpone four tour dates
- Simmons, 72, and bandmate Paul Stanley, 69, have both contracted the virus
- KISS has postponed their next four shows in light of the news
- The band promised to be back by September 9th for their date in Irvine, CA
- KISS was forced to pull the plug on a Pennsylvania gig last Wednesday following Starchild Stanley’s diagnosis
- Paul is ‘fully vaccinated and feeling fine despite the positive test’ per sources
KISS rocker Gene Simmons has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Simmons ,72, health news was shared on the band’s social media on Tuesday, just days after word fellow frontman Paul Stanley, 69, had contracted the virus.
In light of the news, KISS will be postponing their tour for four dates.
Sick: KISS rocker Gene Simmons has tested positive for COVID-19
They assured fans they’d be back in action soon, however, saying: ‘doctors have indicated the tour should be able to resume on September 9th at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA.’
KISS was already forced to pull the plug on their gig at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania last Wednesday following Starchild Stanley’s diagnosis.
But the guitarist is handling things well, according to TMZ sources who said Paul is ‘fully vaccinated and feeling fine despite the positive test.’
Gene appeared on TV shortly after news of Paul’s illness, saying that the band was quarantining for safety.
Stanley addressed rumors he was struggling with heart issues after the band’s Pennsylvania date was cancelled on August 25th.
‘PEOPLE!!! I am fine! I am not in ICU! My heart allows me to do 26 miles a day on my bike! I don’t know where this came from but it’s absolute nonsense,’ the 69-year-old explained in a tweet.
Off stage: Last week KISS was forced to cancel a Pennsylvania show after guitarist Paul Stanley (right) tested positive
The next day, he shared he had COVID, writing: ‘I had been sick with flu-like symptoms and was tested repeatedly and was negative.
‘As of late this afternoon I tested positive. The crew, staff and band have all tested negative once again. More to follow.’
He continued to update fans about his health on Thursday, sharing a selfie and writing: ‘Some really rough days behind and hopefully just a few more ahead. Then… I’M COMIN’ OUT THERE TO SEE YOU!!!!’
And on Monday, a healthy Stanley tweeted: ‘My COVID symptoms were MILD compared to many others and let me tell you… It kicked my ass. It’s over now.’
Though Simmons has yet to personally comment on his condition, on Tuesday he tweeted a news link about Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell urging people to get vaccinated.
Updates: Stanley shared health updates with his fans on Twitter, stressing the seriousness of the virus
Protection: Though Simmons has yet to personally comment on his condition, on Tuesday he tweeted a news link about Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell urging people to get vaccinated
He’d previously voiced his support for mask mandates and vaccine requirements, telling Yahoo: ‘This is really serious stuff. There are people dying because governors — DeSantis, cough, in Florida — are really hurting people by not mandating masks.
‘I may not be able to force you to get a vaccine. And by the way, I think it should be a law.’
‘This is a pandemic and it’s very catchy potentially and you could be infecting other people, which is why I’m a firm believer that this should be a law,’ he added.
KISS previously confirmed that they plan on finishing their End Of The Road World Tour, and that it will be their last trek out on the road before retiring.
New dates for the cancelled Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin concerts have yet to be determined.
Last hurrah! KISS previously confirmed that they plan on finishing their End Of The Road World Tour, and that it will be their last trek out on the road before retiring