KISS co-founder Gene Simmons revealed what he plans to do after retiring at the end of their farewell tour during his latest interview with Pillowtalk. The bassist’s new interest will be another art project, which didn’t surprise his fans.
KISS announced their farewell tour, End of the Road World Tour, in 2018, and it started on January 31, 2019, in Vancouver. Professional painter David Garibaldi joined the band as the opening act. The shows were supposed to continue in 2020, but they were rescheduled for 2021 because of the global pandemic.
Finally, the band hit the road once again on August 18, 2021, in Mansfield and this year’s tour ended on October 16, 2021, in Tinley Park. KISS will continue its farewell tour on March 19, 2022, and it will end on July 21, 2022. Their fans have recently started wondering about the band members’ retirement plans after spending all those years on stage.
In his recent conversation, Simmons stated that he will be focusing on painting most of the time, which he had started during the COVID-19 lockdown to stay sane. He stressed that the artwork exhibition he held at the Animazing Gallery in The Grand Canal Shoppes in October 2021 sold out and noted they will also be sold as NFTs.
Here’s what the host asked:
“Once you’re done doing 400 cities all over the place in 2023, what are you going to focus on the most because you have a million businesses going on?”
In Simmons’ words, he said:
“That’s precisely it. I’ve just surprisingly started a Gene Simmons Artworks, which is also trademarked. I started painting during the pandemic when we were up in Whistler and away from people.
Just for the hell of it, I started painting and found myself debuting my art at the largest Las Vegas art gallery. The thing sold out. The real canvas, NFTs are coming. Anything with three letters, that’s all coming including, of course, IRS.”
You can watch the conversation below.