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Gene Simmons’ Surprising Contingency for Risky Stunts Exposed by Jeff Watson

In a recent Facebook post, Jeff Watson, former guitarist for Night Ranger, shared a fascinating anecdote from KISS’ early ’80s tours, shedding light on Gene Simmons’ unconventional contingency plan for his famed fire-breathing stunts. During the 1983 ‘Creatures of the Night’ tour, Watson, then part of Night Ranger, noticed a consistent burnt toast aroma in KISS’ dressing rooms:

“We always smelled toast in the dressing rooms (as we were always next to each other), and didn’t think much of it, except it seemed they really sucked at making toast, as it always smelled burned. Anyway, most every night, I’d go up on stage right next to Gene’s rig and watch the show. And every night an older lady – like someone’s mom or older sister – would walk up right before they hit the stage, carrying a plate stacked with burnt white bread toast, and stand there the entire show watching Gene.”

Reflecting on those days, the guitarist unveiled the reason behind this peculiar ritual: “It turns out that the flammable liquid Gene was gulping into his mouth before igniting with a torch was very toxic, and if he mistakenly swallowed any – which did happen – the fastest remedy before getting medical attention is eating as much burnt toast as possible. It does something to help neutralize the poison until proper treatment. And that’s why I always smell burnt white toast in my head whenever I see photos of the KISS lads.”

Simmons’ Previous Brush with Danger: The Backstory of His Fire-Breathing Stunt Challenges

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Simmons incorporated fire-breathing into his performance in 1974, prompted by KISS’ manager Bill Aucoin, who suggested it in connection with their song ‘Firehouse.’ However, the inaugural attempt at this stunt ended with Simmons’ hair catching fire. Reflecting on those initial moments, Gene shared his perspective:

“Bill Aucoin said, ‘You guys are doing a song called ‘Firehouse’ – one of you guys has to spit fire.’ Literally, the very first show we did, my hair went up like a f*cking matchstick. And the fans loved it.” Despite the inherent risks, these daring performances played a crucial role in solidifying KISS’ reputation for unforgettable live shows.

What Lies Ahead for KISS: Post Farewell Tour Aspirations

As KISS nears the conclusion of their illustrious touring career with the farewell tour wrapping up, the iconic brand is poised to endure through a multitude of projects. These include a cartoon show, an array of merchandise, and KISS-themed traveling shows featuring various musicians.

In addition, the band is venturing into the realm of digital avatar shows, with a much-anticipated debut scheduled for 2027. This forward-looking approach indicates KISS’s commitment to extending their musical legacy in innovative formats. For further details on these exciting projects, explore the information available here.

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