KISS' Gene Simmons had a busy trip in Des Moines that included meeting a terminally ill fan and a stop at Hy-Vee
It's no secret that KISS played an electric show in Des Moines Tuesday night as part of the rock band's alleged final tour.
KISS' frontman Gene Simmons also had a whirlwind of a time in Iowa's capital city both prior to the show and the day after as he made time visit a terminally ill fan and stopped by the downtown Hy-Vee to promote his branded soda.
Local news station KCCI reported that Craig Warner, a Des Moines man diagnosed with ALS and expected to live four to six months, was able to fulfill one of his lifelong wishes by seeing KISS perform live.
Not only did the 40-year fan get to see his favorite band in concert, a letter from his brother to Wells Fargo Arena got Warner access to the VIP area where he met Simmons and the rest of the band.
"It was a complete surprise to me," Warner told KCCI. "I told them they were all awesome. Gene Simmons kept patting my back. I just love them so much."
The next day, Simmons appeared throughout downtown Des Moines sans makeup.
"We're in Des Moines, that's right baby!" he said in a video filmed in front of the Hy-Vee on Court Avenue.
The famed rocker paid a visit to the regional grocery chain location to promote his Gene Simmons-branded soft drink, Moneybag Sodas. He also spent time inside the store meeting fans and even humoring one with a little dancing.
Simmons also mugged for those working at the Gravitate co-working space on Locust Street after he was spotted walking by, coincidentally during an event featuring Gov. Kim Reynolds.
"Glad you had a good time," Simmons said in a tweet featuring video of the Wells Fargo Arena crowd. "We had a ball."
With reports that this KISS tour would be their last, Simmons' next trip to Des Moines will be purely for pleasure. Maybe someone can show him around the East Village.
Aaron Calvin covers trending news for the Register. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-556-9097 or on Twitter at @aaronpcalvin.
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