KISS' Gene Simmons defends $1,000 ticket price

News 05/07/2019

No wonder they were in the top 10 highest-earning tour bands right now.

Gene Simmons hits back at critics who complained about the insanely pricey tickets for Kiss' 'End of the Road' US tour.

Tickets for the tour reportedly range from a cheap $25 general admission tickets up to $1,000 for a VIP package.

We've got 60 people on the crew and 20 trucks and who knows how many buses... and a jet.

Despite the complaints, there are fans who are willing to pay the price considering KISS has made it to the top 10 highest-grossing acts in 2019 so far.

"Unless you're willing to live in your mother's basement and have a job and do music as a hobby, which is wonderful, being in a touring band is big business," Simmons explained to the Financial Times. "You'll see a show out there that is as good, or better, than anything else. If you've got one guy with an acoustic guitar, you can charge less. We've got 60 people on the crew and 20 trucks and who knows how many buses, and a jet."

Billboard says that the tour has grossed more than $1 million per gig (excluding five shows). Their Madison Square Garden show alone grossed at $1.947 million USD alone.