GENE SIMMONS quits X social network
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has announced that he is leaving X, the Elon Musk-owned social network formerly known as Twitter.
On Saturday (November 18), Gene took to his account the platform to write: “Friends, I’ve decided to end my X/Twitter posting. From now on find me on:
The 74-year-old Simmons, who was born in Israel, did not indicate whether his reasons for leaving X had anything to do with the fact that the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy group, recently said the rise of antisemitic content has risen more sharply on X than on rival platforms.
A number of celebrities and influencers, including the actors Sacha Baron Cohen, Debra Messing and Amy Schumer, have confronted social media executives about the proliferation of hate speech. Some have also voiced concern that Musk has inflamed tensions with his own posts endorsing an antisemitic conspiracy theory.
Musk sparked the latest backlash by expressing support on Thursday for an antisemitic post on the platform, describing it as “the actual truth.”
The original X user’s post claimed Jews “have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.”
The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur later said his comments referred not to all Jewish people but to groups like the Anti-Defamation League and other unspecified groups.
In 2021, Simmons, whose Hungarian mother survived the Holocaust, joined more than 170 black and Jewish leaders from the entertainment industry launching the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance (BJEA), described by the organization as ‘a joint initiative by black and Jewish entertainment industry professionals devoted to countering racism and anti-Semitism in the entertainment community.’
Gene told Daily Mail he was disgusted by the racism he sees in America and said society should take a hardline approach to those spreading prejudice and hate, comparing them to cockroaches.
“It is going to get better but you’ve got to confront it,” he said. “You’ve got to turn on the light and go after those cockroaches. And don’t just chase them out. Find out where they live. Identify them, make their lives miserable — legally. Shine the light on that cockroach. The guy with his drunken buddies hurling racial epithets, take photos of him. This guy’s name is so-and-so and he lives right outside of Manchester and works in this garage. Guess what the garage is gonna do? They’re going to fire his ass right away, because they don’t want the attention of hiring a hate-monger.’
Simmons praised the Donald Trump administration for opening dialogue between Arab nations and Israel but added that “doesn’t give him a pass in the hatred he spewed as a world leader.
“He was the fuel for the fire that enabled these extremists to storm the White House. Without a president like that in charge they wouldn’t dare,” he said.
“Cockroaches hide until they see a big one in the middle of the room.”
KISS‘s last-ever concert, set to take place on Saturday, December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, will be streamed worldwide, live on pay-per-view, exclusively on PPV.com. It will also be available on PPV via cable and satellite operators in the U.S. and Canada. The live show begins at 8 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST.
PPV.com, which does not require a subscription, will offer the concert for $39.99 in the U.S. and Canada ($14.99 outside North America). iNDEMAND, the parent company of ppv.com, will also carry the event through its network of cable, satellite and telco operators in the U.S. and Canada via providers including Xfinity, Spectrum, Contour, Optimum, Fios, DirecTV, DISH, Rogers and Telus.
KISS‘s final runs of shows will wrap up with a massive concert in the city where it all began for the legendary rock act. New York City has been a part of the band’s ethos and storyline for more than four decades, so they felt it fitting to culminate an iconic Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame-worthy career on stage at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.
Tickets for the remaining KISS dates are available at livenation.com.
November 21 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
November 22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
November 24 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
November 25 – Indianapolis. IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse
November 27 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
November 29 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena
December 01 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
December 02 – New York, NY -Madison Square Garden
KISS launched its farewell trek in January 2019 but was forced to put it on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
KISS‘s current lineup consists of original members Stanley (guitar, vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass, vocals),alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).
Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first “farewell” tour in 2000, the last to feature the group’s original lineup.
In a separate interview with Gulf News, Stanley addressed the fact that he and his bandmates have never allowed their concert theatrics to overshadow the music.