Kiss performed at the annual Race to Erase MS benefit in Los Angeles Friday under highly unusual circumstances: The band played as a trio for only the second time in their history as guitarist Paul Stanley was a last-minute cancellation after tearing a bicep tendon.
“Tore my bicep tendon. Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now,” Stanley posted on Facebook just hours before Kiss’ benefit gig, which helped raise $250,000 toward multiple sclerosis research.
Gene Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer played the four-song set at the Beverly Hilton without Stanley, who previously only missed a 2007 Kiss concert in San Jacinto, California after he was sidelined by a heart issue, Blabbermouth reports. With the Starchild recuperating, Kiss’ short set focused entirely on Simmons-sung tracks like “Cold Gin, “Deuce,” “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Calling Dr. Love.”
Fortunately, Stanley’s surgery isn’t expected to interfere with or postpone any of the dates on Kiss’ recently announced Freedom to Rock tour, which kicks off July 7th in Boise, Idaho. “Thanks to my AMAZING doctor I WILL be great & ready to rock WAAAAYYYY before the tour! CAN’T WAIT,” Stanley promised.