The book has closed on “KISS 2020 Goodbye,” the band’s livestream event broadcast from the Palm in Dubai — but not without changing a couple verses to adhere to local customs in the United Arab Emirates city.
The band replaced the phrase “virgin soul,” from the Gene Simmons-sung “God of Thunder,” to “sacred soul,” and also removed the word “bitch” from “100,000 Years.” Also nixed: the band’s famed blood-spitting theatrics.
Anything seen as a profanity or other bad language can be labeled as an obscene act, and offenders can be fined or jailed. Saying the word “fuck” is a crime in Dubai, as it “disgraces the honor or the modesty” of a person, according to Article 373 of the UAE Penal Code.
KISS Censors Lyrics, Blood in NYE Livestream to Dodge Strict Dubai Obscenity Laws https://t.co/ppG4JkPJCx
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