KISS had to take a break from their performance last Wednesday (12) in Manaus, Amazonas when bassist and singer Gene Simmons suffered a health crisis on stage. Igor Miranda, a journalist from Brazil, reported the incident and gave a thorough explanation of what happened.
The band gave their first-ever performance in Manaus as a part of their final tour, “End of the Road.” However, when Simmons started feeling ill, the show took a shocking turn. During a portion of the event, he was seen playing while seated in videos that were posted on social media. Simmons finally requested a staff member to bring him a chair, after which he reportedly stayed sitting and unmoving on stage, according to Miranda.
Simmons’ illness was rapidly brought to the attention of the crowd, prompting vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley to halt the performance. Stanley spoke to the audience right away and said:
“We’ll need to stop and take care of him because we love him, right? Let’s give Gene a really loud ‘Gene’: 1, 2, 3! Ok! We’ll see you in a bit, we love you all.”
The gap, according to Igor Miranda’s account, lasted around five minutes. With a noticeable improvement and some support from his audience, Simmons took the stage once more at the Amazon Arena. It is thought that Simmons’ health condition may have been exacerbated by the extreme heat, which reached 31°C in Manaus.
Miranda also said that the event, which opened with Sepultura and Scorpions, proceeded according to schedule and had a full setlist. The program did not include Paul Stanley’s zip-line flight during the song “Love Gun,” nevertheless. The band decided against doing the stunt due to safety concerns, although they did play the song.
Gene Simmons, baixista e vocalista do Kiss, passa mal e show é brevemente interrompido na Arena da Amazônia. pic.twitter.com/nphJEj1PQo
— A Crítica (@ACritica) April 13, 2023