KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Updates Fans After Concert Cancellation, Says ‘Hopefully Just a Few More’ Rough Days Ahead

by Matthew Memrick
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KISS frontman Paul Stanley reached out to fans after a recent health diagnosis to say he’s had a few rough days but will be coming to see the fans soon.

After three canceled shows, the iconic hard rock/glam rock band will restart its End of The Road Tour on Thursday in Clarkston, Michigan. The Michigan stop was from Sept. 11, 2020. 

Unfortunately, Stanley tested positive for COVID-19. Amid rumors that the frontman was having a heart issue, the band updated its fans on Thursday about the need to cancel some shows. 

At one point, Stanley got on Twitter to personally refute the reports, saying that he wasn’t in intensive care and usually biked 26 miles a day. Soon after the Tweet, the band canceled its Pennsylvania Tour stop near the 7:30 p.m. showtime.

“Everyone on the entire tour, both band, and crew are fully vaccinated,” the post read. “The band and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows. The tour also has a covid safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines.”

Before Stanley’s diagnosis, Hurricane Henri postponed two tour dates in Hartford, Conn., on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23. With Stanley out, Burgettstown (Pa.) (Aug. 26), Raleigh (Aug. 28), and Atlanta (Aug. 29) concerts are off. These performances will move to another date, but actual dates are unclear at the moment.

The KISS Tour started on Jan. 31, 2019, and may end on July 21, 2022.

Stanley’s Past Health Issues

The 69-year-old frontman had been experiencing flu-like symptoms and tweeted out the information to fans. Stanley had tested a few times negative, but a positive test came back on Thursday afternoon before the Pennsylvania concert. While Stanley was dealing with the health issue, the band, staff, and crew were negative. 

Stanley has had some issues with his health in the past. He’s had two hip replacement surgeries (Oct. 2004 and Dec. 2004). In 2005, he announced that he might need a third surgery. In October 2011, he had surgery on his vocal cords.

Stanley Memorializes Ed Asner

The frontman took to Twitter to pay tribute to 91-year-old Ed Asner, who died Sunday afternoon.

Stanley wrote, “Ed Asner’s characters brought so much joy to so many for so long. Time determines icons and the decades solidified his place. RIP and thank you.”

Kid Rock Also Had to Cancel Tour Stops

Stanley’s band was not the only one to be affected by COVID. Last week, members of Kid Rock’s band had positive tests. The singer had to cancel two shows in Fort Worth, Texas, this past weekend.

Rock posted on Thursday, like Stanley, to say he was “pissed” and that the band had COVID, but not him. The rock star said he and some of those band members had previously got their vaccine shots. 

“I am beyond upset,” Kid Rock Tweeted. “You real ones know I would never cancel if I absolutely didn’t have too. For this, I am sorry.”