KISS Fans Sing Happy 70th Birthday to Gene Simmons

The legendary bassist is still going strong
Gene Simmons of KISS entertains the crowd at the KFC Yum Center
Gene Simmons Photo credit © Scott Utterback/Courier Journal

When Gene Simmons helped found KISS in 1973, there was no way he could have imagined standing on stage with his longtime bandmate Paul Stanley 46 years later while celebrating his 70th birthday. But that’s exactly where he found himself over the weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY.

A few minutes before Simmons officially entered his eighth decade, thousands of loyal KISS fans sang “Happy birthday” to one of the most influential bass players in rock history.

“In case you didn’t know, (Sunday) is my brother’s birthday – Gene, it’s his birthday,” Stanley announced to the crowd in between encores. “Why don’t we all sing ‘Happy Birthday?’”

KISS is in the middle of its marathon End of the Road farewell tour. There are several U.S. dates remaining on the schedule before the band heads to Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Get the full list of dates here.