Date: December 7, 2023 12:24 am
KISS’ Gene Simmons announced last week that he would be leaving Twitter/X and no longer posting on the Elon Musk-owned social network.
However, Simmons didn’t give a reason for his exit. After being a prolific poster on Twitter/X for 15 years, he added only that fans can still follow him on various other social media platforms.
Earlier this year, musicians such as Mike Portnoy and others responded after Twitter/X began removing the blue verified check marks from accounts on the site and app, capitulating on a new paid verification system, Twitter Blue (now X Premium). Portnoy left “to avoid any possible confusion or mistaken identity,” he said.
What Happened to Twitter?
Twitter became X shortly after Musk acquired the site late last year. Since then, some users have noted a decline in the site’s quality and clarity, as Vox reported. This week, a group of ad execs urged Musk to resign after the owner endorsed an antisemitic post, according to Forbes.
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Simmons, who is Jewish, was born in Israel under the name Chaim Witz to Jewish refugees from Hungary. His mother, the late Florence Klein, survived internment in Nazi concentration camps.
“Friends, I’ve decided to end my X/Twitter posting,” Simmons says. “From now on find me on: instagram.com/genesimmons, tiktok.com/@genesimmons and threads.net/genesimmons.”
Those URLs, of course, are Simmons’ official social outposts on the rival platforms Instagram, TikTok and Threads. Threads is Meta Platforms’ (Facebook) latest social network that allows users the ability to post and share text, images and videos.
On the same day, guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, “Top Gun Anthem,” etc.) also revealed he was leaving Twitter/X. “I will no longer in good conscience be active and posting on this platform,” he said. Subsequently, Tracii Guns asked if he and Dee Snider were the only ones left.
Gene Simmons’ X/Twitter Update – Nov. 18
KISS Playing Their Final Shows
KISS’ “End of the Road” world tour is set to conclude at the end of this year. It was first announced in 2018 and at one point scheduled to wrap in 2021.
Eying their final scheduled show in December, Simmons recently said that KISS is really calling it quits this time, while they’re “on top.”
However, the rocker also suggested this month that it seemingly may not be the end for KISS entirely. See KISS’ remaining dates under the video.
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KISS 2023 Tour Dates
Nov. 21, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Ctr
Nov. 22, 2023 – Toronto, Ontario @ Scotiabank
Nov. 24, 2023 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Boling Arena
Nov. 25, 2023 – Indianapolis. Ind. @ Fieldhouse
Nov. 27, 2023 – Rosemont, Ill. @ Allstate Arena
Nov. 29, 2023 – Baltimore, Md. @ CFG Arena
Dec. 1, 2023 – New York, N.Y. @ MSG
Dec. 2, 2023 – New York, N.Y. @ MSG
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