It was not a great health weekend in the world of KISS.
First the group had to play as a trio on Friday (April 15) for the 23rd annual Race To Erase MS benefit in Beverly Hills, Calif., after frontman Paul Stanley underwent surgery for a torn bicep tendon. Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer played a four-song set of "Cold Gin, "Deuce," "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Calling Dr. Love," with Simmons handling the lead vocals.
It was only KISS’ second trio gig ever; the group had to do the same in 2007 at a show in San Jacinto, Calif., after Stanley had some heart issues. The MS event raised more than $250,000 to fight the disease. Stanley will be back in service when KISS starts its summer tour July 7 in Boise, Idaho.
...Across the country on the same night former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was hospitalized after a concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. Frehley canceled his Saturday (April 16) show in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. It was the final scheduled weekend of his latest tour, but Frehley is expected to be announcing more dates soon.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.