July 20, 2005

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has spoken to Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times about the demise of KissWorld, a gleaming, 10,000-square-foot building in Melbourne, Australia which was originally envisioned as a place where fans could sit in a mini-theater and watch concert footage of the band belting out arena hits like "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" and also buy KISS merchandise.

A vague message was posted on the KissWorld site in recent weeks ("after many months of discussions and negotiations, the store will no longer be proceeding as was originally envisaged"). At the Comic-Con International in San Diego last weekend, Simmons curtly deemed the store a misfire.

"It was autonomous, so it was their deal," Simmons said. "It is what it is. There's plenty of stuff to keep me busy."

Simmons was at the pop-culture conclave to promote several projects, including a comic book and an animated television series.

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