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KIX UPDATE … Matt Starr has been enlisted to fill-in for Jimmy ‘Chocolate’ Chalfant as the drummer’s “Health Issues” continue

Matt Starr – photo courtesy Facebook

Metal Sludge — The rock band KIX have updated their fans today with a post from their drummer Jimmy ‘Chocolate’ Chalfant.

Chalfant as most know has suffered a few serious health scares in recent years, including the on-stage medical emergency that happened last fall and was first reported by Metal Sludge.

Now it appears that some of the drummer’s health issues have continued, including very recent setbacks that have brought the band to make a decision regarding playing shows in the near future.

With that, KIX are introducing Matt Starr as Chalfant‘s replacement for now.

Hello Friends!

Jimmy here! As you all know, I’ve had some health issues in the last few months. And, I thank the lord for allowing me to continue my life on this earth for a while longer.

I’ve been working hard to get back into playing shape and it has been going pretty well. But, I’ve also had a couple setbacks in the last few weeks. With the support of my wife Cathy, my KIX bandmates and crew, and all of our friends and fans, I will continue working to return to Rock Your Face Off to the best of my ability. BUT, I’m not there yet. And truth be told, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get back to where I was before.

I’ve come to the realization that I will not be able to return to the stage as soon as I was hoping. I’ve been discussing with my wife and bandmates all the different scenarios for KIX to get back to playing for our fans again. We’ve all thought long and hard about it and have decided it is best to go forward with someone to fill-in for me until I can return. And, we have been very fortunate to find someone who I think is the best possible choice for us.

Please show your love and support to Matt Starr as we welcome him into the KIX camp. He is an amazing drummer/vocalist who has played with a who’s who of the hard rock world, most notably with Ace Frehley and Mr. Big. I am humbled and honored that he has agreed to help us out and I welcome him with open arms. As of now, Matt will be playing all the KIX shows through the Monsters Of Rock Cruise April 29 – May 4.


See the screen captured statement below as posted on the related KIX social media earlier today.

Readers may also recall, Metal Sludge broke an earlier story back on October 6th 2021 that Chalfant had a major heart attack during the week of September 29th 2021.

Metal Sludge wish Jimmy a full and speedy recovery.

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Statement from KIX drummer Jimmy Chalfant courtesy of Facebook



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