Kiss vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley said his battle with the coronavirus is “over.”
But it wasn’t easy.
“My COVID symptoms were MILD compared to many others and let me tell you... It kicked my ass,” Stanley, who is 69 and got vaccinated earlier this year, tweeted on Monday.
Bassist Gene Simmons told TMZ last week that Stanley was diagnosed after feeling fatigued and losing his voice while the band resumed its farewell tour. He said the rest of the band and crew all tested negative.
“He’s gonna be great because he got vaccinated,” Simmons told TMZ Live of Stanley. “The nature of this vaccine is that it protects you from going and having tubes down your throat and possibly dying. OK? So you can still get it.”
Simmons has repeatedly urged people to get inoculated against the virus:
Kiss had just resumed its “End of the Road” tour on Aug. 18 after a 17-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has had to postpone more shows since Stanley’s diagnosis last week.
It’s not yet clear when the tour will resume, as Simmons told TMZ that the band and crew members are in quarantine while they await additional tests.
“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,” Kiss said in a statement last week. “The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines.”