GENE SIMMONS Explains Book-Signing Cancellation: I Was So Sick I Almost Collapsed

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was so sick prior to his scheduled book-signing session in Tampa, Florida last Thursday (Dec. 4) that he "almost collapsed," according to Gene's latest posting on his web site.

Says Gene: "To all the people in Tampa who where expecting the book signing to happen: I had to cancel. By mid-afternoon of the day, I almost collapsed, and was rushed back to the hotel, where I stayed in bed for two days trying to break my bronchitis and flu symptoms. You have my apologies.

"Even though at the beginning of the day I wasn't feeling great, I thought I could make it through the signing. I was wrong.

"We had a show in Jacksonville the following night and I had to get up on stage and put out. Lenny Kravitz was there to cheer us on. But honestly, when I got off the stage, I holed up in a local hotel for two days and never got out of bed. It's been a few days since then, and all the symptoms haven't gone as yet.

"Again, my apologies to all of you who were expecting the Tampa book signing.

"I am in Louisville for the show. And, tomorrow there is a Louisville book signing. I will be there. Still not feeling great. But, I will make it."

When accused by a self-proclaimed "ex-Gene fan" named Lisa in the "Letters" section of his web site of lying to his fans about being sick when he was in fact seen walking around the mall later in the day, Gene said, "I did, in fact walk about a mall in town in the afternoon. I then almost passed out at the mall. I had four guests with me, in case your friends didn't mention it."

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