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I'm sending out some prayers to that great rocker and Raspberries' fan Paul Stanley of KISS. He apparently had to miss a show Friday due to heart problems and the band did it's first ever show as a threesome.

From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 29, 2007, at http://www.cleveland.com/newsflash/enter...&storylist= :


SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — Kiss lead singer and guitarist Paul Stanley had to bow out of a Southern California concert because of heart problems before the show, according to his Web site.

Band-mates Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer played the Friday night gig at Soboba Casino, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles, as Stanley was taken to the hospital.

"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," Stanley said in the Saturday Web site posting.

"Not knowing if this episode was life threatening made it even more exhausting," the statement continued.

Phone and e-mail messages for Kiss manager Doc McGhee seeking comment about Stanley's condition were not immediately returned Saturday night.

It was Kiss' first ever appearance as a trio, according to the band's Web site.

As famous for their makeup, stage mayhem and wagging tongues as their music, Kiss recorded the 1970s hits "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City."

The 55-year-old Stanley, born Stanley Eisen, released a solo album, "Live to Win," in 2006.


Official Paul Stanley site (with a message from Paul about the "cardiac event"): http://www.paulstanley.com

Official KISS site: http://www.kissonline.com/

Anyone wanting an incredible book to read, get Ken Sharp (yup, that Raspberries fan) and David Leaf's "KISS: Behind The Mask, The Official Authorized Biography." I've been reading it recently and it is an amazing read which The Washington Post called "the essential book about KISS."

Eric Carmen is among the folks whose comments on the band appear in the book. And among Paul Stanley's comments on seeing Raspberries at Carnegie Hall in 1973 he says in the book, "...The Raspberries were absolutely awesome. What they did, they did brilliantly..."

Get well soon, Paul.

Photo of Paul Stanley with Raspberries in 2005: http://img361.imageshack.us/img361/7041/paulwithraspberries8fy.jpg

Don Krider


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I know a couple of people who were there, and even though that put up a nice effort, it was pretty much a train wreck of a show. Nothing against Gene, but I could see them pulling off a show without him. I have seen Kiss 10+ times over the last 30 years, and I can't imagine enjoying the show without Paul's voice and energy! I wonder if they refunded peoples money if they decided to leave?

There is a message from Paul on his site that references that he is ok, but his heart rate had jumped to 190+ beats per minute, and Paramedics told him that he might put himself at risk if he tried to perform. I hope he gets himself thoroughly checked out, and is back in action soon!


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Thanks Don - I got a frantic phone call from one of my old Kiss friends in Kentucky yesterday worried about Paul as she didn't have a computer at home and was very concerned. I hope that he has a full recovery from whatever it was.

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Probably pushing himself too hard contributed. He was here last weekend at an art gallery in a local mall promoting his paintings. He's been doing this for the last few weeks from what I gather, since the week before he was in Florida doing the same thing. Here's hoping he's OK.


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In Ken Sharp and David Leaf's book "Kiss Behind The Mask," Paul Stanley (this isn't news to long-time fans of course) says his solo song "Wouldn't You Like To Know Me?" is "...my little Raspberries licks, my Raspberries steals. It's also (Raspberries songs) 'Tonight' and also a little of 'Ecstasy'..."

From 1989, Paul performing his Raspberries' tribute, "Wouldn't You Like To Know Me?," in New Haven: http://youtube.com/watch?v=IWNFPKGGn1g

There's also another neat video of Paul doing "Wouldn't You Like To Know Me?" live in Australia in April of 2007 at http://youtube.com/watch?v=avFpkotjEtw .

Amazing performer, and after reading Ken and David's book, pretty neat guy, too. Here's to a successful recovery.

Don Krider smile


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I have to admit that I've never been a fan of KISS and have never been able to understand the fuss. I will say that I think that as far as marketing their product goes, they are geniuses.

I did see them open for Cheap Trick in Montreal in 1976 and my ears were bleeding after the show!

Hope Paul gets well soon.


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