Sunday, July 29, 2007

Paul Stanley Suffers Heart Ailment

As much sniping as I do about KISS, they were the first band after The Beatles that I really loved as a kid, and they had a tremendous impact on me and my musical future.

Imagine my shock this morning to read that Paul Stanley had to pull out of a KISS show last night because his heart started beating irregularly. On his site he (or someone) posted: "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."

This is some scary shit. Apparently the show went on without Paul, with KISS playing as a trio, which is almost but not quite as scary. Needless to say, it was a "Gene heavy" set - show details are posted at KISS Online.

I never got around to posting a concert review of Paul Stanley after I saw him on his solo tour at the 650 seat Aladdin Theater in Portland last year. He was astounding, whipping out KISS and solo classics backed by the very young and rocking House Band from Rock Star: Supernova. Unladen by all the of KISS makeup, effects and associated trappings, it was an intimate night of solid rock and roll by one of rock's most prominent and talented statesmen.

Here's hoping for a full and speedy recovery, Paul.


Dr. John said...

What is it with these original Kiss guys? Lame solo album, selling Dunkin Donuts, reality TV shows, and getting bad hearts? Sounds like something Spinal Tap would be doing about now...:-)

Check out my post of this for more medical info.

Burro Hall said...

Kiss fans (even the ones, like me, who sorta dropped them after after about 1979) should check out Tom Snyder's 2-part interview with the band, circa 1979, on YouTube. Snyder clearly has no idea who they are, but falls in love with them immediately. One of the most suprisingly delighful things I've seen in a long time. Good memories.