American Idol Gets Big Ratings Boost Courtesy Of Mentor GENE SIMMONS

April 24, 2024, 3 weeks ago

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American Idol Gets Big Ratings Boost Courtesy Of Mentor GENE SIMMONS

Ratings deprived “American Idol” jumped by 1 million viewers in the Sunday night ratings, reports Showbiz411.

The reason was the appearance of KISS' Gene Simmons as a mentor to the top 14 finalists. “Idol” has been anemic so far in numbers and needed a jolt. Simmons did the trick.

Says Showbiz411: "“Idol” has already announced that Jon Bon Jovi is coming soon, and we’ll see who else they round up. Are they paying these big rock stars? I would guess so, and quite a lot. Especially when they realize their impact on the ratings!"

Gene Simmons returned to the stage for the first time since KISS wrapped their End of The Road tour at New York's Madison Square Garden in December 2023. He hit the stage at Rock & Brews on April 23rd within the ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Washington. The show was free and open to the public

Simmons also performed with the Gene Simmons Band at the grand opening. He is a co-founder of Rock & Brews with his KISS bandmate Paul Stanley, and told ABC Audio fans prior to the gig they should expect a fun show.

“There are no rules, which is my favorite thing in life. Anything is bound to happen,” Simmons shares. “I may jump off the stage and get into the audience. We may pull some folks out of the audience. You want to sing ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’? Here's the mic. Good luck.”

He also teased some possible treats for KISS fans, sharing, “We get a chance to play songs KISS has never played and some songs have never been recorded. So it's a very exciting event."

Video from Simmons' show has yet to surface online, but the setlist on the night was as follows:

"War Machine"
"Detroit Rock City"
"Ace Of Spades"
"Communication Breakdown"
"I Love It Loud"
"Shout It Out Loud"
"Love Gun"
"Dr. Love"
"Cold Gin"
"Are You Ready"
"Lick It Up"
"100,000 Years"
"Lemme Go Rock N' Roll"
"I Was Made For Lovin' You"
"Rock And Roll All Nite"

Check out video of Simmons' grand opening speech below.

More Gene Simmons Band tour dates:

26 - Summer Breeze Open Air Festival - Sao Paulo, Brazil

27 - Kuopiorock Festival - Kuopio, Finland
29 - Dalhalla Amphitheatre - Rattvik, Sweden
31 - Liseberg Amusement Park - Gothenburg, Sweden

2 - Wacken Open Air Festival - Wacken, Germany    
4 - Ronda - Utrecht, Holland
6 - Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, Germany
8 - den Atelier - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
9 - Nirwana Tuinfeest - Lierop, Netherlands
11 - Alcatraz Festival - Kortrijk, Belgium
13 - Porta Ferrada Festival, Guixols Arena - Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain
14 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain    
16 - Cinzella Festival, Ex Capannone Montecatini - Taranto, Brindisi, Italy

For ticket links, head here.

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