Gene Simmons took a major tumble during the final moments of a Kiss show in Montana. Simmons fell onstage at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Montana, and fans caught the scary moment on video.
Gene Simmons’ frightening fall happened as the iconic rock band played their closing number, the 1975 hit song “Rock and Roll All Nite,” according to Ultimate Classic Rock. In the video, it looks like Simmons hits the floor very hard. You can see Gene Simmons’ fall in the video at the bottom of this article.
As Kiss bandmate Tommy Thayer began his guitar solo on the famous rock radio staple, Gene stepped back from the microphone and suddenly fell backwards. A roadie is seen rushing onto the stage to help the rock icon up from the floor.
Gene Simmons was wearing his signature platform shoes during the fall, and it appears that he tripped while stepping backwards in the high heels. It is unclear if Simmons sustained any injuries after his fall, but the rocker, who is very vocal on social media, did not mention the mishap to his followers, so the fall looked more painful than it probably was.
Gene Simmons is known for his famous Kiss costume, which includes the band’s trademark face makeup and wild costumes. But Gene also performs on stage wearing platform boots that are sky high, and anyone would have trouble walking in them. Despite those super high shoes, Simmons, who is now 66-years-old, once told Time magazine that his Kiss uniform keeps him young.
“There may be something intrinsic in the DNA of the band —we put on the makeup and the platform heels and we are forever young,” Gene told the magazine.
Still, while he breathes fire and wears a suit of Kiss armor and those sky-high platforms, Simmons told the West Australian that sometimes he wishes his onstage ensemble was a little more low-key.
“We think about it all the time, because unlike the Stones or (Paul) McCartney, we’re not going to be doing this into our 70s,” Simmons said last year. “Sometimes I wish I was in U2 or the Stones where you can stick on a pair of jeans and sneakers and a T-shirt, and you’re ready to go.”
Still, Gene Simmons wouldn’t trade his Kiss alter ego, the Demon, for anything.
“No, it is glorious,” Simmons said.
Gene Simmons even compared his get-up to women who “put on make-up, do their hair and put on the little black dress, but when they go out — va-va-voom.”
“We’re the band, because of the make-up and everything, that outsells the Beatles and Elvis combined,” Simmons revealed. “We’ve gone where no band has gone before.”
As for Gene Simmons’ recent onstage scare, while it was short-lived, his fans were probably nervous for those few seconds before he got up from the floor. Simmons’ fall comes just weeks after classic rock icon Meat Loaf collapsed and fell onstage during a show in Canada. In addition, Aerosmith legend Joe Perry walked off stage and collapsed while playing with his band the Hollywood Vampires earlier this month. Luckily, Gene’s fall doesn’t appear to be nearly as serious as his fellow rockers’.
Gene Simmons is currently on the road his band of more than 40 years for Kiss’ Freedom to Rock tour. The band is known for honoring armed services veterans at each show by picking a military veteran to work on their road crew at each concert.
Take a look at the video below to see Gene Simmons falling while on stage.
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