Paul Stanley hospitalized with a “cardiac event” prior to the Soboba Casino show. KISS performs as a trio.

Posted: July 28, 2007 in Metal News & Commentary

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From KISSFAQ (July 27):

Paul Stanley was taken ill prior to KISS’ show at Soboba Casino Arena in San Jacinto, CA, tonight. With Paul apparently hospitalized KISS performed as a trio with a Gene Simmons set:

Deuce
Cold Gin
Calling Dr. Love
Christeen Sixteen
Nothin’ To Lose (Eric Singer lead vocals)
I Love It Loud
Goin’ Blind
Watchin’ You
She
Parasite
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood)
God Of Thunder (w/ Eric Singer Drum Solo)
Let Me Go, Rock ‘N Roll
Black Diamond (Eric Singer lead vocals)
Rock And Roll All Nite

This is KISS’ first performance as a trio – the 1982 appearance without Ace was lip-synched and not a concert, though several times through-out KISStory Gene and Paul have covered for each other when they’ve had vocal issues – most notably Osaka ’97. Additionally, Paul, who was suffering from heat exhaustion sat out a couple of songs during the West Palm Beach show in 2004…

KISSFAQ Says: Hope Paul is OK. Good job Gene, Eric, and Tommy!

Also from KISSFAQ (July 28):

It’s now being reported that Paul Stanley’s absence from last night’s KISS show was the result of a “cardiac event,” rather than the initially suggested throat problems. Furthermore, it was Paul who insisted that the show go on. Whatever the circumstances surrounding the show, the only thing that has any importance whatsoever is Paul’s health. This has nothing to do with him being the heart and soul of KISS, but him being a human being, father, husband, son. The KISSFAQ wishes him a speedy and full recovery.

From KISSOnline.com (July 28):

Last night an extraordinary page was written in KISSTORY. At the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California, last stop of the band’s 2007 ‘Hit & Run’ mini Tour, KISS performed as a TRIO for the first time ever. Immediately following the band’s sound check, Paul Stanley suddenly fell ill, with what was later determined to be a “cardiac event”.Once it was determined by emergency medical staff that Paul could not perform, there was talk that the show would need to be canceled. It was Paul himself, who insisted that the band play the show without him. Paul was concerned that fans had traveled long distances and because of the band’s individual schedules the show could not be rescheduled.KISS Manager Doc McGhee then took the stage to announce to the crowd that Paul was sick and unable to perform but that Gene wanted to speak with the fans. Gene asked the audience if they wanted him, Tommy & Eric to perform. The crowd responded with a defeaning chant of yes, yes, yes. With that, Gene announced that the concert (If they could pull it off), was a tribute to “The Greatest Voice in Rock and Roll – Rock God Paul Stanley”.With Paul en route to the hospital – Gene,Tommy and Eric played their hearts out in honor of their stricken leader! The set list evolved as the night progressed and KISS blasted their way into the hot night air – valiantly trying to hold it together minus the band’s heart & soul. In an emotionally charged moment, Gene told the crowd that he was an only child, but nevertheless had a brother – Paul Stanley! ‘Christine Sixteen’ brought 11 invited fans onto the stage to help perform the song, and added a bit of lighthearted fun to the pensive night.The trio went on to perform a full set including classics and rarities – ‘Watchin’ You’, ‘Goin’ Blind’, ‘Nothing to Lose’, ‘Black Diamond’, ‘Cold Gin’, ‘She’, and ‘Parasite’. The sold out arena was filled with dedicated fans who appreciated what a unique night this really was, despite its bittersweet nature, and rocked hard & loud. As the final chords of ‘Rock & Roll All Night’ were struck, and the last jets of flames and confetti shot into the night sky, everyone realized what they had just witnessed was simply great music performed by dedicated, extraordinary musicians who really gave it their all, and then some.Another thing every KISS fan at the show last night realized – is just how lucky we are that our favorite band, led by the greatest front man in Rock N Roll PAUL STANLEY, cares so much for us fans!

Get well soon Paul – we all love you!

From PaulStanley.com (July 28):

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.Paul. 
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If you’ve read this blog long enough, then you know that KISS is my favorite band and they have been a big part of my life since I was 5 years old. I hadn’t been online much the last few days and, when I read the news this morning, I was floored. Granted, I don’t know Paul Stanley but the man has been a part of my daily routine through his music. To me, Paul is the glue that has always held KISS together. He is the true band leader on stage and off and prefers to let his talents do the talking, unlike his partner. If anything ever happened to Paul, KISS would be truly over.That said, I’m glad to read that Paul Stanley is doing much better and recovering nicely. Get well soon!I’d also like to give Gene, Eric, and Tommy credit as well. From all the reports I read online today, the concert went on (at Paul’s request) and the trio performed very well for the audience and for Paul.

Here’s hoping that all is well in the KISS Kamp soon!

— Steve

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Comments
  1. rayvanhornjr says:

    Wow, amazing story. Will have to note that as a news blurb in my revamped blog, now known as The Metal Minute. I can’t even imagine what a surreal moment that was. Kind of makes me forgive them…just a little.

  2. David Amulet says:

    Amazing. I love the fact that they did the three-piece … that shows the kind of respect for the fans that has always made them the best.

  3. Ray – I’ll tell you, I was shocked. I always ask my wife what will it be like when the bands we love stop touring and making records. Or what is it going to be like when these people finally pass on. Honestly, I thought I was getting the answer when I got online and read all this.

    David – I like the fact that they played as a trio but you’d be surprised at how many fans are pissed they didn’t cancel. And how many people say this was Uncle gene’s chance to push Paul from the spotlight.

  4. Eric Bridgewater says:

    I have been a fan of KISS since i was old enough to shake my butt sideways. KISS and Garth Brooks are the only two music stars that i have found that take care of the fans. Garth, for only charging 17.50 for front row tickets to one of his concerts, and KISS, for ALWAYS thinking about “THE FANS” God Bless you Paul, and THANKS GENE, Eric and Tommy, for LOVING the FANS this much! The Elder

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