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KIX Drummer's vital signs are 'good' and he is 'awake' and 'talking' after suffering suspected heart attack during show


KIX drummer Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant has been hospitalized and “is currently in the best hands possible” after suffering a suspected heart attack during the band’s concert Friday night (November 18).

The incident occurred at the first show of what was scheduled to be KIX’s two-night stand at the Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, Virginia with openers AMERICAN JETSET.

Just before 11:00 a.m. EST today (Saturday, November 19), KIX’s touring guitarist Bob Paré released the following statement via his Facebook page: “In the effort to avoid any misinformation, with regard to Jimmy’s condition- we left the hospital around 2 am. He was awake, talking, even joking a bit, and his vitals were good. He is currently in the best hands possible.

“Without a doubt, it was a very dire, scary, and serious situation. No further details are known at this time.

“Please keep both Jim and Cathy in your prayers. The Band will issue a formal statement in the future.”

the band updated his situation on Satuday, November 19th:

KIX drummer Jimmy Chalfant is awake, alert, resting comfortably and in good spirits in the hospital after collapsing towards the end of their performance at the Tally-Ho Theater in Leesburg, Virginia on night one of a two nights stint. While clearly a cardiac event, it is unknown at this time whether or not Jimmy actually suffered a heart attack. Jimmy will be undergoing a series of tests to determine exactly what in fact occurred. The second performance scheduled for this evening (Saturday Nov 19th) is understandably postponed with a makeup date pending the prognosis of Jimmy’s condition. KIX appreciates the outpouring of love and concern for Jimmy and thank everyone for their courteous understanding in the matter.

One source who was involved with last night’s concert told Metal Sludge: “He (Jimmy Chalfant) was carried off and we’re waiting on a final word from paramedics.” The source added: “It happened right after his drum solo. It was crazy. The ambulance was there within two minutes.”

A couple of KIX fans who attended last night’s gig shared videos on Facebook, with one person writing: “Please keep Jimmy from KIX in your thoughts. He just collapsed at the KIX show encore at the Talley Ho. No pulse and lots of CPR etc. Amazing show tonight. I hope it wasn’t his last.” A second fan added: “I was just watching KIX live at Tally-Ho in Leesburg, VA. The drummer Jimmy Chalfant collapsed on stage just before the start of the last song. Lights came on, 911 was called and the show was over. Prayers for Jimmy.”

Back in September 2021, Chalfant suffered a heart attack at his home and was rushed to the hospital. He had immediate surgery to insert two stents in his heart then another surgery the next day for another stent.

KIX was founded in 1977 and released its first, self-titled album on Atlantic Records more than 40 years ago. Their breakthrough came with 1988’s “Blow My Fuse”, which sold nearly a million copies, thanks to “Don’t Close Your Eyes”. The band continued to ride the hard-rock wave until 1995, when KIX took a hiatus. Nearly 10 years later, KIX reunited and started touring regionally. A 2008 performance at the Rocklahoma festival led to more gigs and the release of a live DVD/CD called “Live In Baltimore” in 2012. In 2014, KIX released its seventh full-length album, “Rock Your Face Off”, the band’s first studio effort since 1995’s “Show Business”.

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