KISS’s PAUL STANLEY Discusses Different Surgical Procedures He’s Undergone Over The Years
KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently spoke to SiriusXM‘s «Jim & Sam Video Interviews» about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): «Both my rotator cuffs have been repaired. I popped my bicep tendon about a year and a half ago and that had to be surgically repaired. I’ve torn the cartilage in both my knees, and that’s been taken care of. I’ve had a hip replacement. But modern medicine and science, God bless it. I’m good for another 50 thousand miles. And whether genetics play a part in it too — my dad [just turned] 101 [in early April]. And I don’t mean he’s some guy who doesn’t know where he is or who he is. He could have this same conversation with you. God bless him. I hope those genes don’t skip a generation.»
The 69-year-old guitarist/vocalist confirmed that KISS-related activities are to blame for his physical injuries over the years.
«Most of my doctor friends, my orthopedic surgeons say, ‘There’s no 60-year-old, there’s no 50-year-old basketball players, football players, and you’re up there on stage running around with 40 pounds of gear, running back and forth and jumping up in the air, and your body will betray you at some point,'» he explained.
In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley said that performing live with KISS was «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.