KISS Performing Without PAUL STANLEY: First Video Footage Posted Online

Three video clips have surfaced from Friday night's (July 27) KISS concert where the group performed as a three-piece. As previously reported, KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was forced to pull out of the show in San Jacinto, California, about 90 miles (145 km) east of Los Angeles after his heart started beating at more than twice the normal level.

Stanley wrote on his web site that he was advised performing would be risky, and the show went on without him, reports Reuters. Fellow principal Gene Simmons told fans the group would play as a trio, and turned the show into a tribute to his ailing bandmate.

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"During soundcheck [on Friday], my heart spontaneously jumped to 190-plus beats per minute where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern," Stanley, 55, wrote on his site. "Not knowing if this episode was life-threatening made it even more exhausting. After consulting with both the paramedics and a cardiologist at Cedar Sinai, they confirmed my worst fear. They said that I would put myself at risk if I tried to do the show.

"I'm very proud of Gene [Simmons], Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer] for carrying on without me. I apologize to anyone I disappointed and I'll make it up to you when I see you again."

A normal heart rate at rest is about 60 to 80 beats a minute, according to the American Heart Association.

Tachycardia, or rapid heart rate, can cause palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or near fainting, the group said on its Web site www.americanheart.org.

(Thanks: Brett Jackson)

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