American rock band KISS were forced to postpone their concert in Pennsylvania’s Burggettstown as part of the ‘End of the Road’ tour after frontman and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, the band said it will reveal details about their show dates soon, as well as confirming that every person connected with their tour – both band members and staff – is vaccinated.

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“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 statement said.  

There were rumours circulating that Stanley was suffering from heart issues, for which he was admitted to the ICU. However, the 69-year-old has clarified that the rumours were “absolute nonsense” and that his “heart allows me to do 26 miles a day on my bike!”.

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Who is Paul Stanley?

Paul Stanley is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, rhythm guitarist and co-lead of the rock band KISS. He was born on January 20, 1952 in Manhattan, New York to a Jewish family. His mother was from a family that fled Nazi Germany, while his father’s parents were from Poland.

Stanley has a birth defect in his right ear because of a condition called microtia and until having reconstructive surgery at the age of 30, he was unable to hear from that side. However, he still enjoyed listening to music, and was also a fervent television fan.

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He listened to a lot of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones when they played on American television and was inspired by their performances.

Before KISS, Stanley was part of a band called Rainbow and then joined Wicked Lester in the early 1970s. In 1972, Stanley and Gene Simmons answered Peter Criss’ advertisement and the three joined hands. They later added Ace Frehley and together they formed Kiss.

Stanley’s persona in Kiss is that of “the Starchild”, displaying a star over his right eye.