Rock legend Gene Simmons, best known as the bassist/vocalist for KISS, has undergone a procedure to remove excess kidney stones, after previously undergoing a similar procedure in October 2019.
The band was forced to postpone their farewell tour “End of The Road” in 2019 to accommodate Simmon’s health issues and was again put on hold in 2020 due to the covid pandemic.
During an interview with The Sun earlier this year, Simmons said that he no longer takes drugs or drinks alcohol and that those vices can lead to “fucking around with cancer.”
The rock and roll scene of the 1970’s was a wild ride for a lot of popular bands and KISS was no exception. Simmons commented that he avoids drugs no matter what – especially crack cocaine and alcohol.
“You can fill your body with garbage. Put it into your car and see how far your car goes. I don’t care if it’s a Rolls-Royce, it’s going to splutter and die. The more shit you put into your body, the more you’re going to be a walking pot of shit.” Said Simmons, who’s KISS bandmate, drummer Eric Carr died from cancer almost 20 years ago.
“I don’t mean to say I don’t love cake or pasta, or things like that, but crack is out of the question,” he said. “Drugs don’t work, booze don’t work, cigarettes — all the people who think you look cool. You’re fucking around with cancer. It just doesn’t work.” Simmons told The Sun.
Getting back on the road to health after his latest procedure, the “End of the Road” farewell tour was scheduled to end in July 2021, but due to the constant setbacks and delays, it will now end in 2023 – which also marks 50 years since the band was formed in 1973.
The “End of the Road” tour will feature original band members Simmons and lead vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley. KISS’s last tour featuring all the original members was in 2000.
Hey, thnx you guys for the calls, but honestly I’m fine. Shannon took the video..Just cleaning the tubes for excess kidney stones. Looks awful, but really no big deal. Took an hour, then drove to have a hot dog. I appreciate your good wishes 🤟😎. pic.twitter.com/3EThQziSc1
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 14, 2022