Breaking so many records without stopping throughout its ongoing career, KISS still has a really busy agenda to keep its fans pleased. And recently, the bassist of the regarded band Gene Simmons appeared in an interview, explaining why they canceled Las Vegas shows in October, and what are their future plans to reschedule them.
During his appearance, KISS bassist Gene Simmons mentioned the band’s second Las Vegas residency that was canceled in October. And after selling his Southern Nevada, the talented musician is now selling his Las Vegas-area mansion while also laying down the bass line for plans in Vegas for 2022, as he revealed.
“I was in Las Vegas to start working on the Kiss museum, which is really just my collection because I’ve got a half-century of Kiss stuff. I want the fans to see it,” reflected Gene Simmons his excitement for the museum. And while explaining, the talented vocalist and bassist of KISS also revealed they “definitely” think rescheduling the show in Las Vegas, which was canceled in October, and explained what are KISS’s future plans.
“Our original plan was to come in just before New Year’s, but it was just too busy,” Gene Simmons started explaining. “When I came into town and joined my friend Dave Grohl onstage on December 4, that same night you could see George Strait at T-Mobile Arena, literally across the street. You go down the street and you can see many more artists. I mean, it’s packed. There are more artists per square inch in a city that never sleeps than anyplace on the planet.”
KISS bassist also continued to reveal the regarded band’s revisiting plans, since they still couldn’t reschedule the show, even if he would like to, saying “in a year, maybe half a year. With all due respect to all the other artists who are terrific, and who are great and iconic, we’d rather wait for the traffic to die down and bring the best show on Earth, period.”
After the cancelation which was claimed to be done for “soft ticket sales”, Ticketmaster also notified ticket holders of the 12-date residency via e-mail. On the other hand, there are still no further explanations given though, while the real reason for shows being called-off is seen as the scrapped concerts after all.
In addition, the long-served manager of KISS, Doc McGhee also made a statement to explain the real reason for the residency cancelation, saying:
“When we did it, I said we’re gonna go until November 1st and see if we can get the people in from Europe. We have one chance for people to come to Vegas to see us because Gene and Paul will not tour after (2022); they’re gonna be done. So when we couldn’t get the people in, and the restrictions were there, I said, ‘We don’t have to do it now.’ We talked about it: ‘Let’s do it later down the road when everybody gets a chance to see a different section of KISS.’ This isn’t KISS, the stage show that we have today, this isn’t KISS 2.0 or any of that stuff — this will be a whole different vibe than people wanna come. And we’re gonna do 12 shows. Let people be able to come and see ’em for the last time in Vegas. It was hard enough on the — 174 people couldn’t come; 174 cabins, like 300 people.”
And on the other hand, the Las Vegas residency cancelation was made right after Gene Simmons talked about the then-upcoming residency of KISS during his past interview.
“There are matters of the heart and then there are matters of the pocket and it’s nice when they both converge. So it’s a very nice payday. They pay well and that’s reason enough. But it’s also easier for the band because you don’t have the wear and tear of traveling,” said the talented musician back then in August.
So, while KISS has been dealing with its busy agenda, Gene Simmons also put his Southern Nevada estate on the market for $14.95 million in October. You may also want to check out how the talented musician sold his house for a bargain along with more details about his estate.