KISS bassist set to play five solo shows tied to comic book conventions in 2017
By David Sands
January 20, 2017
Gene Simmons will be stepping aside from KISS for a bit this year to make some time for comic book fans. The bassist and KISS frontman has agreed to play a series of five solo shows for Wizard World Comic Con conventions this spring, summer and fall.
He’s being billed as “an iconic star attraction” at the events and will be appearing with a solo backing band. The “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” performances, will coincide with conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).
Along with the evening concerts he’ll also be making appearances at the comic-and-gaming-centered conventions to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive Q&A sessions.
“I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”
The concert series marks a return for Simmons who made his first Wizard World Comic Con appearance in Richmond in 2016.
“We are thrilled to be working with Gene for our inaugural production by Wizard World Touring,” said Wizard World CEO John D. Maatta. “Gene is a showman-businessman hyphenate, and there is no better entertainer whom the fans love more.”
Fans can get regular and VIP passes for the comic con events through the Wizard World website.
Along with the comic con solo shows, Simmons will also be playing shows with KISS in the United States and Europe this year as well as KISS Kruise VI, which takes place Nov. 5-10.
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