Rock Legend Gene Simmons to Play with KISS at Huntington Center tonight!
by Jeff McGinnis / www.toledocitypaper.com
There is little that Gene Simmons hasn’t seen or done. He has spent over 40 years as the bass player, co-lead singer and face (painted or not) of one of music’s most legendary bands: KISS. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. 30 gold records earned, recognized by the RIAA as the most ever by an American band. A loyal army of fans who would follow KISS to the ends of the earth— literally, if they choose to buy the official KISS Kasket from their website.
Despite it all, though, one gets the sense that there is something special to Simmons and his bandmates as they travel the country this summer with the “Freedom to Rock” tour— 40 shows aimed at smaller markets that KISS has never played, or hasn’t played in a long time. The group will take to the stage at the Huntington Center on August 24, returning to Toledo for the first time in 15 years.
“We decided, this tour, to team up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and to make sure that we hire vets locally, at every one of the stops, of these 40 dates that we’re doing. And the vets get paid, and they help our road crew put on the greatest show on earth.
But the other thing is that we decided not to tour the major cities. When we first started, we played in places most people had never heard of. Bowling Green, Mankato, cities with real people. The buildings may not be as tall as New York or Chicago, but cool people live there, too. It’s not the buildings that define a cool city, it’s the people.”