Gene Simmons platform malfunction October 2021
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Gene Simmons experiences Spinal Tap moment’ as platform malfunctions at KISS show

See Gene Simmons’ platform become uneven during Detroit Rock City as KISS opened their Florida show on October 9

Gene Simmons has shared that he still risks safety to do what no-one onstage has ever done” after a Spinal Tap-style incident at a KISS show in Florida.

On October 9, the rock icons were taking to the stage at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, descending on individual platforms to open the show while performing Detroit Rock City. But while frontman Paul Stanley and guitarist Tommy Thayer triumphantly came down on theirs without a hitch, the bassist’s own platform didn’t seem to lower properly, becoming uneven mid-air.

The 72-year-old managed to stay pretty steady himself nonetheless, holding on until the staging was stable and began lowering to the ground – though videos of the incident show that, even then, it wasn’t the smoothest exit for Gene.

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After the show – which went off as planned following the opening incident – Gene tweeted: We are committed to you and to putting on the greatest on Earth… even though it’s not always as safe as we want it to be.”

See videos of the moment below:

As The End Of The Road tour continues through America, Gene also recently tweeted: Yes, kiddies. The big bad man still risks safety to do what no-one onstage has ever done. Every show… For your honor! (Atlanta concert – Keith Leroux photo)”

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Posted on October 12th 2021, 12:23p.m.
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