Paul Stanley Details His Bout with COVID-19: ‘It Kicked My Ass. It’s Over Now’; KISS Tour to Resume


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Update: Despite Paul Stanley’s recovery from COVID-19, KISS announced on Tuesday that Gene Simmons has now tested positive, prompting some more postponed dates. 

After a recent positive COVID-19 test forced KISS to postpone a tour date on its End of the Road farewell outing, Paul Stanley dropped in on social media Monday evening with an update on his condition — namely, that his symptoms were mild, but he still very much felt the effects of the virus.

“My COVID symptoms were MILD compared to many others and let me tell you… It kicked my ass. It’s over now.”

Back on Aug. 26, Stanley made the announcement himself regarding his positive test:

When news of his situation hit the internet, speculation was rampant regarding his condition — prompting Stanley to set the record straight with a tweet:

The band’s official statement regarding the postponement reiterated that the tour has stringent health and safety protocols in place; this positive test was not the result of reckless or irresponsible behavior:

“Everyone on the entire tour, both band and crew, are fully vaccinated. 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 CDC guidelines.”

The setback forced the postponement of a handful of additional tour dates, with the trek now scheduled to resume on Sept. 1 in Clarkston, MS.:

September 1, 2021 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre Postponed due to Gene Simmons’ positive test
September 2, 2021 Dayton, OH Wright State University Nutter Center Postponed due to Gene Simmons’ positive test
September 4, 2021 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Postponed due to Gene Simmons’ positive test
September 5, 2021 Milwaukee, WI American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds Postponed due to Gene Simmons’ positive test
September 9, 2021 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre*
September 10, 2021 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*
September 12, 2021 Wheatland, CA Toyota Amphitheatre*
September 17, 2021 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
September 18, 2021 George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
September 21, 2021 Boise, ID ExtraMile Arena
September 22, 2021 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
September 23, 2021 Sparks, NV Nugget Event Center*^
September 25, 2021 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 26, 2021 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 28, 2021 Hidalgo, TX Payne Arena*^
September 29, 2021 Del Valle, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater
October 1, 2021 Fort Worth, TX Dickies Arena
October 2, 2021 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
October 5, 2021 Biloxi, MI Mississippi Coast Coliseum
October 6, 2021 Lafayette, LA Lafayette Cajundome
October 8, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL iThink Financial Amphitheatre*
October 9, 2021 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*

^ Not a Live Nation Show

The band also announced that a scheduled run of Australian tour dates was pushed to Spring 2022 due to the pandemic:

For what it’s worth, Stanley’s band mate Gene Simmons outlined the rigorous preparations the band put in place for the tour to ensure everyone’s safety and healthy given the state of the pandemic when discussing the band’s newly announced Las Vegas residency with Rolling Stone in a Q&A:

“I would highly recommend for everybody to get two Pfizer or Moderna shots, please — for the rest of us. Even if you believe the Earth is flat, it’s not. The former president… I knew the man before he ran for office. It was a crime for him to rip the mask off and take that stance and create that negative culture of distrust when he himself was vaccinated. The least he could do is say, “Hey, guys, I’ve been vaccinated because I don’t want to die. You may want to think about doing the same thing.” Nope, never talked about it. I think that’s highly unethical. So what do we do? The entire road crew must be vaccinated twice. Nobody gets backstage or onstage without wearing masks, and everybody stays at a safe distance and you’ve got to wash your hands and do everything else the CDC says. Don’t listen to politicians. They’re not qualified. Listen to scientists.”


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