KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons believes that the band’s “End Of The Road” tour will gross nearly $200 million.
Asked by The Wall Street Journal in a new interview how much money he will personally make from the tour, Gene said: “Let’s just say Paul [Stanley, KISS co-founder] and I are partners, and everybody else works for the organization. Everybody gets paid very well. I don’t want to quote figures, but this will be $150- or $200-million gross tour, not counting ancillaries, licensing, merchandise and stuff like that. It goes without saying that we also, in our restaurants and other places, hire vets, give to philanthropy and stuff like that. But how embarrassing is it before each show if I held up a check and said, ‘Look what a nice guy I am’?”
Simmons, who will turn 70 in August, went on to say that the reason he is still touring after all this time is “to make more money. And we’re making bucket-loads, and I’m happy to say that,” he said. “The guy that wins the lottery jumps up and down and runs to everybody and says, ‘Oh my God. I just made $100 million,’ and everybody applauds. But the guy that works for it and makes $100 million, oh, he’s just boasting. Bitch, I worked for that money, I deserve the accolades more than the guy that walks in and did nothing to win the lottery. So I tour, and I work hard. We have a restaurant chain, and I have a cannabis company, and soft drinks — Moneybag Sodas — and there’s all kinds of stuff coming that people can’t wrap their heads around. You’re alive, you’re supposed to pump your heart, keep making more money.”