Gene Simmons of KISS joins Whistler, B.C., band onstage for spontaneous jam session

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WATCH: Rocker Gene Simmons of KISS gave a group of Whistler musicians a treat when he joined them on stage for a jam session – Aug 31, 2020

A group of local musicians in Whistler, B.C. got to jam with a rock and roll legend.

Last Saturday, the musicians were playing at The Alpine Café when they spotted KISS co-founder Gene Simmons in the audience.

They called him up onstage, where Simmons borrowed a bass guitar and jammed with the band while keeping a safe distance.

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Simmons, who is married to Canadian actress and model Shannon Tweed, returned to the café this weekend for a repeat performance joined by his son, Nick.

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At the end of the performance, musician Kostas Lymbertos jokingly kicked the rock legend off stage.

“We went through the whole night until the very end where I finally get to tell Gene Simmons, ‘Hey, you’re cut, buddy. Take a seat,'” he said.

Simmons didn’t seem to mind, leaving Lymbertos a US$20 tip.

“It was just an incredible night,” Lymbertos said. “It was a love fest, pretty much.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the cafe.

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