The Hot in the Shade Tour (also dubbed the H.I.T.S. Tour) was a concert tour by Kiss. It was the last tour with drummer Eric Carr, who died of cancer on November 24, 1991. It was the first Kiss tour since the Asylum Tour to stay inside of North America.
One notable event on this tour occurred on August 26, 1990 while Kiss was performing at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas. During the show, the enormous stage set overloaded the arena's power supply, causing a transformer to explode outside the building and cutting electricity inside the arena. This abruptly ended the show prematurely. A short time later, Paul Stanley phoned a local radio station and promised to return to Salina to make up for the shortened show. The phone call was recorded and played on the air. To date, Kiss has never returned. Slaughter was the opening act for most of the shows on the US leg of the tour. Slaughter, Little Caesar, Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger and Winger were the opening bands. The tour is the only one in which Gene Simmons did not breathe fire.
The June 15 show in Toronto also featured Whitesnake, who headlined the entire show with Kiss, Slaughter and Faster Pussycat. Paul Stanley and David Coverdale exchanged barbs on stage stemming from Whitesnake not allowing Kiss to bring their full complement of pyrotechnics on stage with them.
On October 10, in War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Paul Stanley ran into the guardrail on stage and cracked his ribs, which caused the cancellation of the Sydney, Halifax and Moncton dates later in the month.
The stage was dominated by a large sphinx nicknamed Leon The Sphinx, mirroring the cover of Hot in the Shade. As the houselights dimmed, a humming sound would be heard from the speakers, while Leon opened his mouth, and let hundreds of thin laser beams out. The laser curtain concept had already been developed for the Dynasty Tour, but it had not worked properly, and was discarded after the first show.
As Leon's mouth opened fully, Kiss would be revealed standing in silhouette, in the midst of laser beams. There was no "You wanted the best, you got the best" introduction on this tour; Kiss would emerge from directly beneath the Sphinx to dramatic entrance music, walk down onto the stage and open the show with "I Stole Your Love" and a fireworks display. However, for the first few shows of the tour in Texas, Paul would say "What do you say we kick some ass?!" before launching into the opening song. This intro was dropped by the Kansas City, Kansas show.
Leon would open his eyes and mouth and "sing" the final verse of "God Of Thunder". This effect was accomplished by offstage keyboardist Gary Corbett singing the part through a synthesizer.
The sphinx would disintegrate during the first chorus of "I Want You", revealing the classic lighted KISS logo (not used since the Animalize Tour) which would emerge from beneath the stage directly behind Eric Carr's drumkit.
All of the laser effects and sequences were designed by Steve Jander and his Dallas-based Showlasers Inc. Jander/Showlasers would continue to provide laser effects for KISS through the Kiss My Ass Tour in 1994.