KISS frontman Paul Stanley has undergone surgery to repair a torn bicep tendon. It is not clear if his condition will affect the band’s “Freedom To Rock Tour”, which is scheduled to kick off in early July.
Stanley revealed his injury via Twitter earlier today. He wrote: “Tore my bicep tendon. Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now!”
In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley talked about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said: “My boots weigh 30 pounds. I’m running around and kicking with 15 pounds on each leg. We do at least four shows a week, and the days off are recuperation time.”
He continued: “What I do has taken its toll. I’ve had both my rotator cuffs surgically repaired. They’re all similar to sport injuries. I’ve torn my meniscus in both knees and had a hip replacement. This is all from onstage performances. It’s like doing a triathlon with a guitar around my neck. You have to jump, sing, swing your arm and play the right chord. With that combination, anything can go wrong. I used to jump up in the air and land on my knees. It didn’t hurt then, but it does now.”
Stanley reiterated those sentiments in a 2014 interview with The New York Times. He said: “Things that didn’t hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I’ve had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I’ve had a hip replacement. But I’m doing splits and everything on stage. I’m blessed. Every time I go out on stage, it is exhilarating.”
Stanley, who had his first hip replacement at age 52, told U.K.’s Independent that he had no regrets about the nightly strutting in his eight-inch heels. “Every scar on my body was proudly earned,” he said. “There’s nothing worse than looking back and wishing you had done things, but I did ’em all. That’s how life is supposed to be lived.”
Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage.
Tore my bicep tendon. Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now! pic.twitter.com/qAffGBIYBG
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) April 15, 2016