Since the beginning of 2018, the Kiss bassist/vocalist has has been traveling around the U.S., personally delivering copies of his limited-edition box set, “Gene Simmons – The Vault Experience: 1966-2016”, to buyers. The set, including a ticket to one of the “Vault” gatherings, costs $2,000, with the most expensive version going for $50,000.[metalwani_content_ad]
Simmons has said that he hasn’t been able to get his KISS band mate Paul Stanley to come out to any of his “Vault” event, even though other former and current band members have made appearances.
On March 25 in New York City at one the Vault events, Simmons addresses the absence:
“Along the way, some of our friends and family members who started the band with us came by to say hello to wonderful folks like you. Ace (Frehley, original Kiss guitarist) has been to three of the ‘Vault’ events — Los Angeles and a few others. Ace, by the way, is gonna be opening up for the Gene Simmons Band when we do five shows in Australia. He’s gonna be using my back-up band and we’re just gonna have a great time. He’ll play ‘Ozone’ and lots of other crazy stuff. And Peter Criss (original Kiss drummer) came by yesterday, in case you didn’t hear. Vinnie Vincent (former Kiss guitarist) is gonna be in Nashville. Paul Stanley, I can’t get him to come out yet, but we’ll see. Maybe I’ll get him some paint brushes,” supposedly Simmons was referring to the fact that Stanley has been spending much of his time painting and exhibiting his original artwork at various galleries around the country.[metalwani_content_ad]
Simmons added: “The thing we do is tease each other. Tommy (Thayer, current Kiss guitarist) and Eric (Singer, current Kiss drummer) came to Los Angeles. Bruce Kulick‘s (former Kiss guitarist) been out. Of course, he likes to go out anywhere.”
Fans recently speculated that the band would soon embark on a farewell tour following the news that the legendary rock act was attempting to trademark the phrase “The End Of The Road.”
As it stands currently, there has been no official farewell tour announcement.