KISS are the latest rockers to have their touring disrupted by COVID.
The virus continues to wreak havoc on the US touring circuit with numerous bands having to postpone or cancel shows due to positive results within their camps.
Now COVID has caught up with theatrical rockers KISS.
Singer Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID-19, causing the band to postpone their show planned for Thursday, August 26th, in Burgettstown, Philadelphia.
Whether any further shows will be affected is as yet unknown. A rescheduled date for the Burgettstown show has yet to be announced. The band are currently scheduled to play shows this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. A Las Vegas residency is set to begin at Planet Hollywood in December.
KISS said in a statement that they had been obeying COVID protocols while on the road.
“Everyone on the entire tour, both band and crew, are fully vaccinated,” the statement read. “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.”
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Stanley took to social media himself to break the news to fans.
“A full press release will be issued shortly about upcoming KISS shows,” he wrote on Twitter. “I had been sick with flu-like symptoms and was tested repeatedly and was negative. As of late this afternoon I tested positive. The crew, staff and band have all tested negative once again.”
A Full Press Release Will Be Issued Shortly about upcoming KISS shows. I had been sick with flu-like symptoms and was tested repeatedly and was negative. As of late this afternoon I tested positive. The crew, staff and band have all tested negative once again. More to follow.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) August 27, 2021
With rumours circulating that the singer had been hospitalised following a heart attack, Stanley reassured fans that he is in good health despite the test result.
“I am fine!” he wrote. “I am not in ICU! My heart allows me to do 26 miles a day on my bike! I don’t know where this came from but it’s absolute nonsense.”
PEOPLE!!! I am fine! I am not in ICU! My heart allows me to do 26 miles a day on my bike! I don’t know where this came from but it’s absolute nonsense.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) August 26, 2021
Last week KISS’s Gene Simmons urged fans to get vaccinated.
“I would highly recommend for everybody to get two Pfizer or Moderna shots, please — for the rest of us,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Even if you believe the Earth is flat, it’s not.”
In the same interview, Simmons detailed the procedures in place for the tour.
“The entire road crew must be vaccinated twice,” he said. “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.“