FOO FIGHTERS brought Gene Simmons out on stage during their December 4 show at Park MGM’s Dolby Live theater in Las Vegas.
It all happened after Dave Grohl called out a fan near the front who bore a resemblance to the KISS bassist, then Dave addressed the real Simmons, standing off stage right. Simmons walked out and waved to the crowd and apparently handed Grohl a bill as a token of his gratitude.
In a last year’s interview with Gulf News, Simmons mentioned his appreciation for the FOO FIGHTERS while doubling down on his claim that the rock genre was “finally dead.” He said: “Rock is dead. And that’s because new bands haven’t taken the time to create glamor, excitement and epic stuff. I mean, FOO FIGHTERS is a terrific band, but that’s a 20-year-old band.”
In 2014, Gene‘s KISS bandmate Paul Stanley told Rolling Stone that he was also a FOO FIGHTERS fan.
He said at the time: It’s funny, there were times that I would hear music on the radio — just something great — and not know who it was and very often it was FOO FIGHTERS. It’s incredible to think of somebody coming out from behind the drums [with NIRVANA] with such a full concept as Dave has had and create music. I mean, the first FOO FIGHTERS album, that’s just Dave. So the template and everything he’s been working from is bigger than anyone expected from the guy who was just viewed as the drummer of NIRVANA.”