Kiss’ Gene Simmons Thanks Health Care Workers, First Responders for Fighting COVID-19


Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

“We’ll get over this together,” says Gene Simmons of Kiss, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

Gene Simmons of Kiss has taken to YouTube to thanks those on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, such as health care workers and first responders.

In a message posted on Kiss’ YouTube page, Simmons thanks those helping fight the pandemic, plus asks fans to do their part by simply staying home. Watch the full video below.

“I wanted to take a moment to personally thank all the folks in health care — the doctors, the nurses, all the people that keep us healthy and alive — and our fire departments, the police, the folks in the food industry who bring our food at home,” Simmons said in the video. “We’ll get over this together, really.”

He added that “during World War II, 50 million people died” and asked fans to consider the small sacrifice they have to make in contrast.

“Your grandparents were asked to serve. Many of them gave the ultimate sacrifice,” he said. “You know what’s being asked of you? Stay at home. Sit on your rump. Binge watch ‘The Twilight Zone’ all day long while people risk their lives and bring you food. So let’s get over ourselves. We’re in the greatest country in the world.”

He added, “Don’t be a knucklehead. Love each other, support each other. We’ll get over this. God bless you all.”

Kiss had to cancel a handful of spring dates on their 2020 End of the Road World Tour due to COVID-19. The band’s next show is scheduled for May 7 in Asuncion, Paraguay, although that show remains in question, too.



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