KISS to play Grand Falls-Windsor

Published on March 30, 2011
Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer of the band KISS are seen perfoming at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on July 15, 2009. — Canadian Press file photo

A source close to KISS has confirmed the rock band will perform in Grand Falls-Windsor this summer.

KISS is expected to perform July 9.

When contacted by The Telegram, officials with the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor would neither confirm nor deny the legendary rockers will be performing. However, rumours to that effect have been circulating around the town for a couple of weeks

It is expected the town will make the announcement at the Herder game Saturday night.

It’s also rumoured that lead singer Gene Simmons, his partner Whitbourne native Shannon Tweed, and their two children will be filming episodes of their reality show “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels” while in the province. Tweed has previously said she hasn’t been back to Newfoundland in more than 20 years, and the children, Nick and Sophie, have never been to the province.

The family is currently in Israel, filming for the show in Simmons’ hometown.

KISS has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and saw the height of their fame in the late 1970s, with songs like “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Beth.” Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley are the only original KISS members remaining in the band, which also features drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.

Simmons continues to make a career from business deals using the band’s logo on everything from toothbrushes to snowboards, and is a frequent guest speaker at marketing and branding conferences.