Gene Simmons states fair to say that KISS is hardest working band in show business
KISS co-founder, bassist and singer Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by the Chicago Tribune and was asked whether performing in make-up and costumes provide the band with more longevity.
Simmons replied: “It’s fair to say Kiss is the hardest-working band in show business. Even just the weight of the stuff we carry around. We’re not going to do it anywhere as long as the Stones or McCartney, because we can’t. I mean, we don’t step onstage in jeans and a T-shirt, because that you can do into your late 70s. I’m on 7-inch platform heels, I spit fire and fly through the air. It’s exhausting.”
Simmons also spoke about spitting blood on stage and what was in his mouth. The bassist advised: “There was eggs, yogurt, rotten milk, food coloring. I mean, it was putrid, it smelled bad. If it looked like I was throwing up, sometimes I did… There would be a blackout, and someone would run onstage and put it in my mouth.’
You can read the rest of the interview with Simmons at the Chicago Tribune website.