Kiss singer skips gig due to heart problems

But the show goes on without him

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley bowed out of a concert in Southern California on Friday (July 27), citing heart problems as the reason.

In a posting on his website, 55-year-old Stanley said that his heart began racing during Kiss‘ soundcheck. After being treated by paramedics, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center advised him not to perform for fear of risking his health.

Stanley explained: “During soundcheck 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 Cedars-Sinai, they confirmed my worst fear. They said that I would put myself at risk if I tried to do the show.”

Stanley‘s bandmates decided to go on with the show at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California – approximately 90 miles east of Los Angeles. It was reportedly the first time the band performed as a trio.

In response, the singer wrote: “I’m very proud of Gene, Tommy and Eric for carrying on without me. I apologise to anyone I disappointed and I’ll make it up to you when I see you again.”

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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