An unforeseen drama forced legendary rockers KISS to pause their concert in Manaus, Brazil.
With the band currently on their End Of The Road World Tour, Thursday’s show, which is full of fireworks and theater, came to a halt when bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons fell ill on stage.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute,” singer and guitarist Paul Stanley, 71, told the audience about mid-show, according to fan videos released on social media. “We’ll have to stop.”
Stanley sounded clearly concerned for his old bandmate, adding, “We know how much you love Gene, and he’s obviously sick.” We’ll have to stop taking care of him, because we love him, right?’ he told the audience.
‘Let’s give Gene a really loud ‘Gene!’ One, two, three – Gene!’
The show must go on: After falling ill at a KISS concert in Manaus, Brazil on Thursday, bassist-vocalist Gene Simmons returned to the stage after five minutes to perform in a chair
Simmons (née Chaim Witz), 73, eventually left the stage, but he would return about five minutes later to sing the band’s song Say Yeah while sitting in a chair.
According to a clip posted by the publication CriticsSimmons looked a bit subdued as he played his bass from a chair, but he forged through all the discomfort to finish the show upright.
The next day, Simmons would take to his Twitter page and let fans know he’s doing well.
‘Okay, kids. No problem,” he tweeted. ‘Thank you for your kind wishes. Last night we played Amazon jungle Stadium/Brazil. Humidity and temperature were sky high. I was dehydrated and had to sit for a song.’
He concluded the post: “We were back on stage in 5 minutes and finished the show.”
Simmons and the rest of KISS will have two days off to relax and take necessary precautions before taking the stage for their next performance in Bogotá, Colombia, on Saturday, April 15.
KISS are currently in the middle of their End Of The Road World Tour, which they claim will be their last tour in their illustrious career stretching back 50 years.
It started on January 31, 2019 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, but plans were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the cancellation of most shows in 2020.
Health issues: KISS co-founder Paul Stanley, 71, stopped the show to inform the public that the Simmons, 73, had fallen ill and had to stop the show
Show of support: After a few minutes, Stanley led the crowd in a ‘cheer’ for Simmons, who then returned to the stage to resume the concert
Taking one for the team: The New York City native returned to the stage and sang the band’s next song, Say Yeah, from a chair; he would eventually finish the show upright
Their final tour would eventually resume in August 2021 and they’ve since added another 100 shows to their itinerary, returning to the US in October for the final push to their final two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 1 . and 2.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers chose New York City for their “last shows ever,” honoring their roots as a band in the city in 1973.
KISS was born in New York City. On 23rd street. Half a century ago,” the band shared in a press statement. “It will be a privilege and an honor to finish touring at Madison Square Garden, 10 blocks and 50 years from where we first started.”
While bandleaders Simmons and Stanley have maintained they will keep their retirement from touring, they’ve been honest about being open to playing the occasional concert, festival or residency in Las Vegas.
Along with Stanley and Simmons, the current Kiss lineup also includes Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on guitar.
Health Update: Simmons would take to his Twitter page the next day and let fans know he’s fine, “Okay, kids. Not a big problem. Thank you for your kind wishes. Last night we played Amazon jungle Stadium/Brazil. Humidity and temperature were sky high. I was dehydrated and had to sit for a song,” Simmons wrote in a statement
The end of the line: KISS are currently on their End Of The Road World Tour, which they say will be their last tour, expected to conclude in NYC with a show on December 1 and 2