“Big” John Harte, security guard for Kiss, Iron Maiden, Prince and others, has died

Author Samuel Järvinen - 14.2.2022

Long-time music world security guard “Big” John Harte has died. Harte passed away on 11th of February at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.

Harte will be remembered as a security guard for many bands and musicians. His clients have included rock icon Kiss, heavy metal great Iron Maiden, rock musician Billy Idol and multi-talent Prince.

A book about his career, which began in the 1970s, will be published in 2023.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley have shared their condolences on social media.

“How very sad. “Big John” Harte was with us from the beginning and has ALWAYS been family. He fought valiantly and relentlessly against cancer and I was thankful to be able to cheer him on. He remains a legend in KISSWORLD. My condolences to MaryAnne and Brian”, Stanley writes on social media.