KISS Will Perform an Underwater Concert for an Audience of Sharks

Legendary rock band KISS are about to perform to their toughest crowd yet: a live audience of sharks. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will travel to Australia to play a private underwater concert to a crowd of great whites and a select number of fans on November 18.

The band will sail out off the coast of Southern Australia into an area known for shark sightings, and perform their greatest hits on their boat while eight fans are lowered off another boat into the water into a viewing submarine. The band’s performance will go out via underwater speakers which will be audible to surrounding marine life.

“Research has indicated that low-frequency and pulsed sounds can be attractive to some shark species,” says Australian Geographic‘s Dr Blake Chapman, who will accompany the guests on their tour. “Interestingly, different animals (even within the same species) appear to respond to sounds differently.”

“I was a little taken aback by it, but they explained that sharks are attracted to low frequencies and so they’re attracted to rock ‘n’ roll.” said singer and guitarist Paul Stanley. “Since we’re going to be in Australia, it gives a whole new meaning to doing a concert down under.”

The performance has been arranged in partnership with Airbnb Animal Experience, which reverses the tradition of having animals perform for the entertainment of human beings, and instead promotes making ethical and empathetic connections with wildlife.

“I’ve been helping people have meaningful — and memorable — experiences with great whites for years now, and you really get to see how all the sharks have different personalities. They even like different types of music,” says host Matt Waller. “The most important thing for me has always been to ensure that the encounters are responsible and ethical. For that, it helps that the humans are the ones in the cage… And now with KISS, we’re taking it to a whole new level — humans will be entertaining the sharks, not the other way around.”

“Sharks are among the world’s most misunderstood animals,” says Chapman. “It’s important for people to learn that sharks are worthy of respect and protection.”

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