Updated August 5, 2021 - 8:50 pm
You can have a brush with rock iconography at a Las Vegas Strip art gallery this fall.
Gene Simmons of Kiss is debuting “ArtWorks,” a collection of his sketches and paintings at Animazing Gallery at The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes from Oct. 14-16.
Simmons — Kiss’s legendary co-founder, bassist and Demon persona — has recently moved to the scenic Ascaya hillside community in Henderson. The relocation has spurred buzz that Kiss would be entertaining a Las Vegas residency, with Zappos Theater the most obvious and available venue.
The band is due to play its “End Of The Road” tour from Aug. 18-Nov. 4, resuming April 20. That leaves a healthy gap from January through March for a possible Vegas run. There has been no confirmation of a Kiss series. Zappos has said through direct messages that “we have no word on when it will be announced” and to stay updated on the venue’s website and social-media channels.
Simmons’ Las Vegas art collection has never been displayed publicly. The rock star has long been passionate about artwork. He moved to the U.S. from Israel as a little boy and used art to communicate, beginning at age 8.
When COVID knocked the Kiss tour off schedule, Simmons returned to his artwork. In a statement, he said, “I had a chance to pull decades of my art out of storage, and it reignited my passion for drawing and painting again.”
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