John 5 Reflects on Emotional Last KISS Concert and Memorable Moment with Gene Simmons

New York City – Guitar virtuoso John 5 recently opened up in a candid interview about his experience attending the final concert of legendary rock band KISS. The highly anticipated show, which marked the end of an era, took place on December 2, 2023, at Madison Square Garden. John 5, an avid KISS fan and collector of the band’s memorabilia, shared his thoughts and emotions surrounding this momentous event.

After returning home from an exhausting tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE in Australia, John 5 initially hesitated about attending the show. However, his wife surprised him by urging him to go, despite his fatigue and emotional state. He took a late flight to New York City, arriving at six in the morning. The guitarist fondly recalled exploring the concert venue, soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the anticipation before witnessing KISS’s final performance.

The last concert held significant weight for John 5, as he acknowledged the significance of hearing iconic KISS songs like “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Love Gun” being performed with the band’s trademark makeup for the very last time. The experience was nothing short of incredible for him.

Furthermore, John 5 shared an extraordinary encounter with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons after the show. As he made his way backstage, he unexpectedly ran into Simmons, who warmly greeted him. They engaged in a heartfelt conversation, expressing gratitude for the music and memories they shared. This unexpected encounter culminated in a photograph together. John 5 even had the privilege of witnessing Simmons remove his makeup and stage clothes in the dressing room, leaving him wondering if he had captured the last-ever picture of Gene Simmons with makeup on.

Aside from his firsthand experience at the final KISS concert, John 5 is renowned for possessing an extensive collection of KISS memorabilia. His collection includes clothing, promotional items, and merchandise originally produced between 1973 and 1983. Displayed on his dedicated Instagram account called “Knights In Satan’s Service,” this impressive assortment showcases the band’s rich history and cultural impact.

In a separate interview, John 5 revealed that the most valuable item in his KISS collection is Simmons’ costume from 1974. This iconic attire, featured on the cover of “Hotter Than Hell,” is instantly recognizable. John 5 recounted how Simmons used to carry this costume on the subway due to the band’s financial struggles during their early days.

When asked how he acquired Simmons’ costume, John 5 explained that he obtained it through a significant auction. He emphasized the historical significance of his KISS collection, comparing the band’s makeup and logos to the globally recognized McDonald’s brand.

In the coming months, John 5 will embark on a tour with his solo band, THE CREATURES. The tour is set to kick off on January 26, 2024, at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, and conclude on March 1, 2024, at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, California. The lineup for this exciting tour includes notable musicians such as former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, LILIAC, Jared James Nichols, Nikki Stringfield, and the VAN HALEN tribute act, THE ATOMIC PUNKS.

John 5’s experience at KISS’s final concert, combined with his impressive collection of memorabilia, showcases his deep admiration and connection to the band’s legacy. As he continues to captivate audiences with his remarkable talent, fans eagerly anticipate his upcoming solo tour.