A video of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons making use of the make-up on his face previous to the June 7 live performance at AccorHotels Area on the band’s ongoing “Finish Of The Highway” tour may be seen under. The clip is a part of a report from Sarah Abo of Australia’s “60 Minutes” who was invited by Simmons and fellow KISS co-founder Paul Stanley for a style of their jet-set way of life and to indicate her how they’ve survived and thrived in a notoriously fickle business.
The “60 Minutes” report on KISS‘s farewell tour airs tonight (Sunday, June 12) on Australia’s 9.
In a 2016 interview with The Press-Enterprise, Simmons mentioned that he spends two hours on his make-up alone each evening. He lotions his face with what he calls a white clown basis. Then, he takes a black eyeliner pencil and stipples the design round one eye and connects the dots. Subsequent, he outlines a widow’s peak. “Probably the most tough half is to reflect what we see on the other facet,” he mentioned. He refines the traces with Q-tips. He makes use of a brush to fill in black paint round his eyes, widow’s peak and mouth. He units all the pieces with powder patted with a shaving brush. “You’ll be able to’t make a mistake. You are fixing, fixing and redrawing,” he mentioned.
Final yr, Gene informed Australia’s Triple M radio station that it takes him two hours to use his make-up “as a result of not one of the traces on my face, and I’ve bought a couple of, they’re no straight traces. It is tough to not have a straight line matching on the opposite facet as a result of we do not use stencils; it is all hand-drawn. All these bent traces on the make-up should be, you understand, fairly correct on the opposite facet.”
KISS launched its farewell trek in January 2019 however was compelled to place it on maintain final yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Finish Of The Highway” was initially scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York Metropolis however is now anticipated to final via early 2023.
KISS‘s present lineup consists of authentic members Simmons and Stanley (guitar, vocals),alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).
Shaped in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar),KISS staged its first “farewell” tour in 2000, the final to function the group’s authentic lineup.
In its 49-year profession, KISS has gathered 23 gold and platinum albums — greater than another U.S. band.