Kiss’ Gene Simmons defends $1000 ticket price

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Gene Simmons has blasted back at critics of the high ticket prices on Kiss’ recent End Of The Road US tour.

Tickets for the tour reportedly ranged from $25 up to $1000 for a VIP package. The band were have been named as one of the highest-grossing acts of the year so far, pulling in a reported $58.1 million between November 22, 2018 and May 22, 2019.

"Unless you're willing to live in your mother's basement and have a job and do music as a hobby, which is wonderful, being in a touring band is big business," Simmons told the Financial Times. "You'll see a show out there that is as good, or better, than anything else. If you've got one guy with an acoustic guitar, you can charge less. We've got 60 people on the crew and 20 trucks and who knows how many buses, and a jet."

According to Billboard magazine, the tour grossed more than $1 million per show, with the exception of five shows. The band’s show at New York’s Madison Square Garden reportedly grossed $1.947 million alone.

Kiss were named the eighth highest-grossing act of 2019 so far by Pollstar magazine, earning $58.1 million. Other bands in the Top 10 include Metallica ($69.7 million), symphonic metallers Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($57.3 million), while classic rock linchpins Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger have raked in $67.7 million and $52.8 million respectively.

Dave Everley

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.