Despite cancelling the entire Australian and New Zealand leg of their ‘End Of The Road’ farewell tour, a Paul Stanley-less KISS actually made one gig Down Under.
As part of an event with Airbnb, bass guitarist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer performed in broad daylight on the back of a fishing boat in South Australia.
The gig was promoted as KISS playing for great whites, where the “low-frequency rock n roll” sounds would attract the sharks that just 8 lucky guests aboard the glass-bottomed boat could check out.
The 5-track setlist for the biteys was:
- Calling Dr. Love
- I Love it Loud
- Black Diamond
- Rock and Roll All Nite
Thing is, no sharks turned up.
Adventure Bay Charters owner Matt Waller said the performance was to demonstrate the charter company attracted sharks using sound waves, rather than blood or berley.
“The guys were tight, they were right into it, it was loud, there were lights, there were smoke machines — it was everything that a KISS concert should be,” Mr Waller told ABC Eyre Peninsula.
Gene Simmons reportedly said, “Guys, this is probably the most interesting gig I’ve ever done, I’d want my own autograph after this.”
Last week, KISS cancelled the entire leg of their Aussie tour due to illness. They’re currently scheduled to resume their End of the Road farewell tour on December 8 in Japan.