Thousands of live shows, 20 studio albums and living life like a bad-ass have finally caught up to Kiss frontman Paul Stanley. The singer recently underwent surgery to repair vocal cord issues that have plagued him in recent years.

"I hold myself to a higher standard than others do," Stanley said in a statement from his publicist. "With that in mind, I wanted to remedy a few minor issues that come with 40 years of preaching rock n' roll." His recovery is expected to be "swift and complete."

The timing of the surgery may speak to how far along the band's 20th album 'Monster' is in the recording process. Depending on one's perspective, Stanley is finished recording his vocals and will be using the holidays and time before the expected spring release date to prepare for the promotional effort. Or everything is on hold until Stanley gets right.

We're "glass-half-full" people. However Zap2it.com reports that Gene Simmons said in a recent radio interview that the album is "straight rock songs, no ballads, no keyboards, no nothing, just rock." All that effort could have been enough to put Stanley on the surgical table.