KISS's Paul Stanley on Recent Illness: "I Was Wondering If It Was My Time"

The band had to cancel three of the final shows of their farewell tour last week due to the musician's bout with the flu

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 27, 2023

Last week, KISS cancelled their End of the Road Tour shows in Ottawa, Toronto and Knoxville due to "unforeseen illness" within the touring party. The band returned to the stage on Saturday (November 25) at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, where a pre-show soundcheck and Q&A session saw co-founder Paul Stanley open up about his health situation.

"You know, I've done shows with cracked ribs, I've done shows with a 103 fever," he explained. "[This time] I literally... I was wondering if it was my time. But anyway, I'm here, and it's awesome."

Upon cancelling the two Canadian performances, Stanley had taken to the social media platform formerly known as Twitter to share his "deepest apologies," writing, "I've done everything possible to get onstage and be a part of the incredible 2 1/2 hour celebration we planned, but this flu has made it impossible."

There are only four dates remaining on the band's so-called final tour — although KISS may eventually continue at the hands of four "deserving" 20-year-olds, according to Gene Simmons — set to end with back-to-back nights at Madison Square Garden on December 1 and 2.

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