During KISS’s show in Brazil on Wednesday night, Gene Simmons sat down after becoming ill and was clearly not in top form.
The 73-year-old musician can be seen sitting in a chair with his bass in a video that has gone viral online. After a minute, the video cuts to Paul Stanley announcing to the crowd at Arena da Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil, that they must interrupt the show to tend to Simmons.
There’s going to be a break in the action, he says. Why do we do this to him? Let’s shout a resounding, “Gene! Say it with me: “Gene!
For about five minutes, the concert was halted so that Simmons could sit down and perform “Say Yeah,” as reported by People.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers announced the final stops on their End of the Road tour back in March. The band has announced that their farewell performances will take place in New York City, where it all began fifty years ago.
New York is the place where KISS was formed. It’s located on 23rd Street. Some fifty years ago. The band said in a statement, “It will be a privilege and honor to finish our tour at Madison Square Garden, just 10 blocks and 50 years from where we first started.”
Simmons Tweeted, “Hey, Everyone, Thanks For The Good Wishes”
No, I’m good. Yesterday at Brazil’s Manaus Stadium, I became weak from dehydration. We put a halt to… After a glass of water, I felt much better. Not a major problem. The stadium in Bogota is tomorrow. Have a good time!
Concerned and supportive followers of the 73-year-old rocker began flooding social media as clips from the concert went viral.
Twitter user @vulturesteel82 said, “Master SIMMONS, you and the Kiss band provided me with a wonderful and unique experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life.” “I know what it’s like to sweat it out in Manaus, here’s wishing you and @kiss a long and happy life despite the heat.”
I’m glad to hear that you’re doing better after what happened, @KakaFe2079 tweeted. “Man, it gets awfully hot in Brazil. Even more so in Rio de Janeiro! The band’s final tour, dubbed “End of the Road,” will make stops in Palm Desert and at the Hollywood Bowl in November.
Gene Simmons Gives Health Update Following Brazil Show
Gene Simmons wants his followers to know he is healthy and well. During Wednesday night’s show in Manaus, Brazil, the KISS co-founder became ill and finished the show from a chair, as had been previously reported. As it turns out, though, he just gave an update on his health, and everything seems fine.
In this case, “Ok, kids. It’s really not that significant. He thanked his followers on Twitter for their support. We had our Amazon jungle Stadium/Brazil game last night. High levels of humidity and heat were present. Dehydrated, I was compelled to sit through a song.
It took us all of five minutes to get back on stage and finish the show,” he continued.
KISS will be performing in Bogotá, Colombia on April 15 as part of their End of the Road tour of Latin America. Dates can be found in full on kissonline.com.
He remained seated as he sang the remainder of “Say Yeah” by his band. The Independent has asked for comment from Simmons’s spokesperson. In 2018, Kiss announced that this would be their final tour, and they are currently performing on that tour.
The band announced last month that they would be touring the United States from October to December. After two consecutive shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden at the year’s end (2023), they intend to call it quits. In October in Texas, the band will begin the final 17 dates of their North American tour.