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Starchild misses benefit show

BEVERLY HILLS, California - Shoulder surgery has prevented Paul Stanley from performing a benefit show with KISS.

Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss donned their classic stage makeup and costumes to play a four-song set Friday to benefit multiple sclerosis research. KISS was the headlining act at the 23rd annual Race to Erase MS fundraising gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Former “American Idol’’ judge Randy Jackson introduced the band and explained Stanley’s absence. Jackson said the lead singer would recover in time to tour with KISS this summer.

Other performers at the fundraising dinner included Eric Benet, David Foster and Jordan Smith, a winner of “The Voice’’ TV competition. The event raised more than $250,000 toward finding a cure for the nervous system disorder.

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