Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Starchild suffers heart problems but Kiss goes on playing

Paul Stanley suffered from an accelerated heart beat and went to the hospital before the last stop on Kiss' "Hit & Run"tour. But the rest of the band performed throughout the night as a trio and in tribute to their sidelined singer. Here's a message from Stanley on

During sound check yesterday, my heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern. Not knowing if this episode was life threatening made it even more exhausting. After consulting with both the paramedics and a cardiologist at Cedar Sinai, they confirmed my worst fear. They said that I would put myself at risk if I tried to do the show.

I’m very proud of Gene, Tommy and Eric for carrying on without me. I apologize to anyone I disappointed and I’ll make it up to you when I see you again.


Luckily, Kiss does have a catalog of music that allows Gene Simmons to sing most of the songs. Case in point, here's the set list for Kiss from the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California:

01. Deuce
02. Cold Gin
03. Calling Dr. Love
04. Christine Sixteen
05. Nothin' to Lose (Eric on vocals)
06. I Love it Loud
07. Goin' Blind
08. Watchin' You
09. She
10. Parasite
11. God of Thunder
12. Let Me Go, Rock 'n Roll
13. Black Diamond (Eric on vocals)
14. Rock and Roll All Night

Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery from one of the guys who brought the showmanship back into Rock and Roll.

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