Paul Stanley’s Longtime Guitar Tech Dies Of COVID-19

Francis Stueber, the longtime guitar tech of KISS’ Paul Stanley, has passed away following a battle with COVID-19. Stanley issued the following statement:

“My dear friend, buddy and guitar tech for 20 years, Fran Stueber died yesterday suddenly of Covid. Both on and offstage I depended on him for so much. My family loved him as did I. He was so proud of his wife and 3 boys as they were of him. I’m numb.”

Paul Stanley Says KISS Will Wrap Up Their Farewell Tour “By The Beginning Of 2023”

During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, KISS frontman Paul Stanley discussed the band’s ongoing farewell tour. According to him, the trek will likely wrap up “by the beginning of 2023.”

Stanley said the following:

“I believe strongly by the beginning of 2023 we will be finished. It’s a different time than we had pondered [farewell tours] in the past.

The fact is that, physically, it’s incredibly demanding to do what we do. Look, we played [recently] in Austin, an outdoor show, 100 percent humidity. We’re running around for two-plus hours, not only with guitars, but I’ve got 30-plus pounds of gear on. There’s a point where you go, ‘You know what? This is more challenge than I want.’ And I only want to do it as long as I can do it smiling.

There’s really no thought about changing our minds. It has nothing to do with personalities in the band or tensions or a difference of opinion or musicality. It’s purely practical. You can play beat the clock, but ultimately the clock wins.”

He went on to say that the band’s final show will probably take place in New York:

“It seems only natural to be in New York. That is where the band started, and that was really the background for the band getting together and writing these songs and played loft parties and played clubs starting with an audience of probably 10 people. It seems we should go full circle.”

He continued when asked if former members of the group will take part in the last show:

“Honestly, we haven’t’ really thought that far down the road. We’re having a ball. The show is everything that I would like to see the band history culminate in. In one way or another, every night all the former band members are represented by the songs we’re doing. We’re hitting all eras for the band, and I salute everybody who’s been in the band and champion not only their participation but their contribution. As to where that will lead, I have no idea.”

Stanley also added that he doesn’t believe that the band will ever truly fade away:

“KISS has a life of its own. I couldn’t stop KISS if I wanted to. The band is so much more than music.”

KISS’ Paul Stanley On His Battle With COVID-19: “It Kicked My Ass”

KISS’ Paul Stanley says he has now recovered from his battle with COVID-19. The frontman, who is fully vaccinated, tweeted the following:

KISS Postpone Raleigh, NC And Atlanta, GA Shows, Paul Stanley Shares New Health Update After Testing Positive For COVID-19

As previously reported, KISS recently postponed their August 26 show at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA after frontman Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the band have confirmed that their August 28 show at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC and their August 29 show at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA have been postponed as well.

In related news, Stanley has since shared a health update:

“Some really rough days behind and hopefully just a few more ahead. Then… I’M COMIN’ OUT THERE TO SEE YOU!!!!”

Gene Simmons also commented on Stanley’s condition during an interview on “TMZ Live” [via Blabbermouth]:

“It is true that Paul caught COVID because this delta variant is very catchy. Please send him your best wishes. But I just talked with Paul. We are sequestered, we are quarantined in a hotel. He’s gonna be great because he got vaccinated. He’s gonna be fine. The nature of this vaccine is that it protects you from going and having tubes down your throat and possibly dying. So you can still get it.

Everybody, wear your masks, please, especially in public, and please get your Pfizer vaccine,” he continued. “The rest of it is not as important as our health. We’re all doing fine. We’re gonna get back there on the road. But the rest of you, get yourself vaccinated. Please wear your masks. Wash your hands. Do all the right stuff.”

He added:

“Yesterday he started feeling like his voice wasn’t up to it and he started feeling a little fatigued. So we always take precautions. And we sent a doctor over, and he said, ‘Okay, you may be coming down with something. You guys better just stop.’ And that’s exactly what we did. And at the right time, as soon as we heard from the doctor, we had paramedics come in from a local hospital and tested the entire crew — the truck drivers, our backstage lineup, the band and everything. Everybody tested negative; Paul tested positive. Now we’re quarantining ourselves — all of us; the band, the crew and everybody — for at least five days, just to make sure that we’re not carrying it even though we’re not experiencing anything. I feel great. We can do shows. My voice is great. Paul is not feeling great. And to be safe for everybody else, we’re making sure.”

Simmons then continued when asked about further concert cancellations:

“You know what? I won’t comment on it because I don’t know the specifics. We’re waiting on the doctors to tell us exactly what we can and what we can’t do. But to all those who are wishing Paul a speedy recovery and all that stuff, he’s gonna be great. And, obviously, as you know, without Paul, there is no KISS.”

KISS Postpone Burgettstown, PA Show After Paul Stanley Tests Positive For COVID-19

UPDATE: Paul Stanley has since tweeted about his condition:

Original Story:

KISS’ Paul Stanley has tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman is fully vaccinated and is said to be doing fine. However, the band’s August 26 show at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA has been postponed. The group issued the following statement:

“KISS show at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA is unfortunately postponed due to Paul Stanley testing positive for COVID. More information about show dates will be made available ASAP. Everyone on the entire tour, both band and crew, are fully vaccinated. 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.”

Peter Criss Wouldn’t Let KISS Use “Beth” In “Biography: KISStory” Documentary

During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Paul Stanley revealed that Peter Criss wouldn’t give the band permission to use “Beth” in their new documentary “Biography: KISStory,” which is set to air on A&E across two nights on June 27-28 at 9:00 p.m. Stanley said the following about Ace Frehley and Criss’ lack of involvement in the film:

“It’s sad, but that kind of fits into the whole dynamic. We did the best we could. We tried numerous times in all different ways to have them be part of it, but this idea of final editing and money and this and that. … It was like, ‘No, your involvement doesn’t warrant that.’ And who ultimately loses out in a situation like this? They do. I don’t really want to trash those guys, because we wouldn’t be here today if they hadn’t been in the band, and we wouldn’t be here today if they still were.”

Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of KISS Continuing Without Any Original Members: “KISS Is Bigger Than Any Member”

During a recent interview with Radio Bob!, Paul Stanley said he still thinks KISS could continue with no original members after the current lineup’s farewell tour. He said the following about that when asked about a hypothetical KISS 2.0:

“I think that recasting KISS or KISS 2.0 is not what we have ever talked about. Can KISS continue and can it evolve without us in it? Well, yeah, because it’s already 50 percent there. In other words, there was a time where people said, ‘Well, it can only be the original four.’ [And then] it was, ‘Well, it can only be the original three.’ Well, things move on and circumstances change. Could I see KISS evolving with different personnel? Yeah. As big a fan as I am of what I do — and I think I’m damn good — there’s other people around who could pick up the torch and bring something to the philosophy and to the live show and to the music. It would be KISS. It wouldn’t be KISS 2.0. If it were to happen, yeah, it would be really just a continuation of the philosophy that we’ve always had, and that’s that KISS is bigger than any member.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour: “If It’s Meant To Be, It Will Happen”

During an interview with Rock Antenne, KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked if he had any news regarding the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:

“I have none. This really is a celebration of KISS, not any lineup of the band. And while I will say that KISS wouldn’t have existed without Ace and Peter in the beginning, I can also say that KISS wouldn’t exist with Ace and Peter in the band today. So, that being said, look, it’s a celebration of the band, and whatever happens will happen. I have no feelings of wanting to omit them or not have them be a part of it. But I’m not losing sleep over it. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Paul Stanley On Upcoming KISS Biopic: “The Script Was Really Good”

During a recent interview with Download host Kylie Olsson, Paul Stanley discussed the upcoming KISS biopic “Shout It Out Loud.” As previously reported, that film is expected to be released through Netflix.

Stanley said the following about the movie:

“It is definitely happening. And that’s gonna be really interesting. The script was really good. And we really waited until we felt comfortable.

Look, you get once chance to do it, and I would rather not do it than do it half assed or poorly. Our director [Joachim Rønning] is the real deal. He did ‘Maleficent 2’, and he’s not some hack; he knows how to make movies. It should be great. Casting hasn’t begun yet. But that will be interesting too.”

He continued when asked which actor he wants to play him:

“And I will tell you this: for casting to be accurate in terms of age, we are looking at actors in their early 20s. Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot of actors in their early 20s. When people get asked these kinds of questions, they’ll say, ‘Oh, Brad Pitt,’ or this one or that one. Well, those guys are in their 50s or 60s, so you’re talking about another generation of actors. And I’m the first to say I’m not up on a lot of them. But as the casting process goes on, I’ll certainly be there and watching. It’ll be interesting to see how someone else — be it the casting people or the director — how they view who I am and who they see doing that. I think I’ll learn a lot about their perception of me by who they cast.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour: “Anything Is Possible”

During a recent appearance on “Inside With Paulo Baron,” KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked about the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:

“Anything is possible. I don’t rule anything out. I have to say that we wouldn’t be here today if not for our past. If Peter and Ace hadn’t been there at the beginning, we wouldn’t be here today. But I will also say that if Peter and Ace had stayed with the band, we also wouldn’t be here today. So you have to put it into some sort of balance and perspective. If there is a way to include them in celebrating the final tour, yeah, I’m open to it. It has to make sense and it has to feel right, because the band has existed far, far, far too long without them to let anybody spoil this or make it less than it should be. If there’s no joy in it, I’m not interested.”

[via Blabbermouth]