Gene Simmons has never been one to sugarcoat anything, and that was certainly the case in a new interview where he touched on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, Simmons said, “I’m not worried — and it’s unkind to say this — I’m not worried if an idiot gets COVID and dies. I’m worried he takes other people with him. Who didn’t have a choice. It doesn’t have to be death. Being in a hospital is horrific. There are so many cases of people who were deniers and who are begging in the hospital to get the vaccine. But it’s too late.”

Simmons would also touch on how some people are against getting the vaccine and potential vaccine mandates saying, “‘I have my rights, don’t tell me what to do.’ Which is curious, because you do not have the right to drive down the highway in a car without a seatbelt. You must stop at a red light. That’s not a right you have. And you don’t have the right to walk naked down the street. These are not life-threatening ideas. We’re talking about a f—in’ pandemic and people are fighting it.”

The Demon would then add, “I blame our former president [Donald Trump.] I knew the man before he entered politics. But he got vaccinated and so have most of the other party.”

KISS will return to the their “End of the Road” farewell tour on August 18 in Mansfield, Mass. A complete list of tour dates can be found at

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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