Alive 35 World Tour/Sonic Boom Tour

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Alive 35 World Tour/Sonic Boom Tour
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Tour by Kiss
Start date March 16, 2008
End date December 13, 2009
Legs 5
Shows 103, 1 cancelled, 1 postponed
Kiss concert chronology
Hit 'N Run Tour (2007) Alive 35 World Tour (2008–2009) Sonic Boom Tour (2009) Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour (2010)

The Kiss Alive/35 World Tour was a concert tour by Kiss to celebrate Kiss' 35th anniversary. It was the band's first major tour since the Rock the Nation Tour in 2004. On the tour, Kiss played in New Zealand for the first time since the Alive/Worldwide Tour in 1997, as well as performing in Europe for the first time since the Psycho Circus Tour in 1998–1999. Kiss wore Destroyer-themed costumes for the tour and on the European leg the majority of the songs played were on Alive!. The tour was highly successful and proved to be Kiss' biggest tour of Europe. This tour marked the first time Kiss visited Bulgaria, Greece, Latvia, Russia, Luxembourg, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

Three legs and 38 shows were announced. Kiss headlined the Download [1], Graspop Metal Meeting and Arrow Rock [2] festivals in Europe as part of the tour.

The tour began on March 16 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. The European leg started on May 9 in the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The Latin America leg started on April 3 in Chile. The tour ended on December 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh after the December 15, 2009 concert in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was postponed until summer 2010 due to inclement weather.[1] The tour went on to gross $30,500,000 and play to over 385,000 fans in sold-out arenas from October to December 2009.[2] Gene Simmons stated that part of the tour's success could be attributed to the success of his hit television show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels.


The "Sonic Boom Tour/Alive 35 North American Tour", kicked off in Detroit, MI September 25, 2009 and ended in Pittsburgh, PA December 13, 2009. The tour had a new stage show. Similar to the stacked amps stage. KISS also came out with new costumes(Sonic Boom costumes) They also changed their setlist. They played classic songs like, King Of The Night Time World, I Stole Your Love, Shock Me, Calling Dr. Love ETC. They also added in new songs from Sonic Boom, Modern Day Delilah and Say Yeah.

Setlist[edit]

Song Album Times
List of songs performed on this tour
100,000 Years Kiss 102
Black Diamond 102
Deuce 102
Strutter 92
Cold Gin 82
Nothin’ to Lose 55
Firehouse 8
Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotter Than Hell 100
Hotter Than Hell 98
Parasite 95
Got to Choose 65
Watchin’ You 30
Rock and Roll All Nite Dressed to Kill 102
She 74
C’mon and Love Me 66
Rock Bottom 3
Detroit Rock City Destroyer 102
Shout Out Loud 100
King of the Night Time World 6
God of Thunder 5
Do You Love Me 2
Calling Dr. Love Rock and Roll Over 37
Love Gun Love Gun 101
Shock Me 37
I Stole Your Love 6
I Was Made for Lovin’ You Dynasty 52
Shandi Unmasked 4
I Love It Loud Creatures of the Night 101
Lick It Up Lick It Up 102
Forever Hot in the Shade 2
Modern Day Delilah Sonic Boom 47
Say Yeah 25

Australia/New Zealand leg setlist[edit]

  1. Deuce
  2. Shout It Out Loud
  3. C'mon and Love Me
  4. Lick It Up
  5. I Love It Loud
  6. Calling Dr. Love
  7. Shock Me (Tommy Thayer on lead vocals with guitar solo)
  8. Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll
  9. Firehouse (Gene Simmons firebreathing)
  10. 100,000 Years (Eric Singer drum solo)
  11. God of Thunder (Gene Simmons bass solo, blood spitting beforehand)
  12. Black Diamond (Eric Singer lead vocals)
  13. Love Gun (Paul Stanley flies out to the audience)
  14. Detroit Rock City
  15. Shandi (acoustic version, performed only by Paul Stanley.)
  16. I Was Made for Lovin' You
  17. Rock and Roll All Nite

European/North American/South American setlist[edit]

Kiss at the Stockholms Stadion in Stockholm, Sweden May 30, 2008
Kiss at the Verona Arena in Verona, Italy May 13, 2008
  1. Deuce
  2. Strutter
  3. Got to Choose
  4. Hotter Than Hell
  5. Nothin' to Lose
  6. C'mon and Love Me
  7. Parasite
  8. She (Tommy Thayer guitar solo)
  9. 100,000 Years (Eric Singer drum solo)
  10. Cold Gin
  11. Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll
  12. Black Diamond
  13. Rock and Roll All Nite

Encore[edit]

  1. Shout It Out Loud
  2. Lick It Up
  3. I Love It Loud (Gene Simmons bass solo)
  4. I Was Made for Lovin' You
  5. Love Gun (Paul Stanley flies out to audience)
  6. Detroit Rock City

Sonic Boom Tour setlist[edit]

Buckcherry was the opening act.

Main Set[edit]

  • "King of the Night Time World" (some shows)
  • "Deuce"
  • "Strutter"
  • "Let Me Go, Rock n' Roll"
  • "Got To Choose" (played through 10/16)
  • "Modern Day Delilah"
  • "Hotter Than Hell" (Gene Simmons fire breathing)
  • "I Stole Your Love" (some shows)
  • "Calling Dr. Love" (played from 10/17 onward)
  • "Shock Me" (played from 10/17 onward)
  • "C'mon & Love Me" (played through 10/16)
  • "Parasite"
  • "She"
  • Tommy Thayer Guitar Solo
  • "Watchin' You" (some shows)
  • "100,000 Years"
  • Eric Singer Drum Solo
  • "100,000 Years" (cont.)
  • Gene Simmons Bass Solo
  • "I Love It Loud"
  • Paul Stanley Guitar Solo
  • "Black Diamond"
  • "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Encore[edit]

European tour notes[edit]

  • During Tommy Thayer's solo after "She", rockets shot from his guitar neck as Ace Frehley had done previously.
  • Kiss agreed to play double dates in Helsinki after the first show sold out the venue (13000 tickets) in under seven minutes. The extra show was scheduled for the previous day. Needless to say, it also sold out under ten minutes.
  • For several German shows, the Kiss logo on the tour program was censored due to the SS at the end of the word Kiss looking too similar to the Nazi symbol for the Schutzstaffel, which was also two angular S's. The S's were made to look more traditional and less angular.
  • In Bergen and Athens, Paul Stanley didn't fly out over the audience during "Love Gun".
  • In Athens, Gene Simmons performed "God of Thunder" instead of "I Love It Loud" after his solo.

North American tour notes[edit]

  • "Cold Gin", "I Was Made for Lovin' You", and Gene Simmons' bass solo in "I Love It Loud" were not performed at the Konocti Harbor show on August 31 due to wind conditions.
  • In Milwaukee on June 27, 2009, and in Paso Robles, CA on July 28, 2009 Paul Stanley talked about Kiss' new album after "Hotter Than Hell" and he didn't fly over the audience during "Love Gun".
  • In Sarnia ON on July 10, 2009 on KISS sets a Bayfest attendance record of over 22,000.
  • At the Bluesfest on July 15, 2009 in Ottawa, Kiss played to over 42,000.
  • In Quebec City on July 16, 2009, Kiss played to a crowd of over 90,000.
  • In Paso Robles, CA on July 28, 2009 and in Montreal on October 1, 2009 Paul Stanley didn't fly over the audience.
  • In Toronto on October 2, 2009, during the opening song "King of the Night Time World" the power went out in the Air Canada Centre, although they did finish the show.
  • In Greenville, SC on October 17, "Shock Me" and "Calling Dr. Love" were played for the first time on the American leg of the tour.
  • In Philadelphia, PA on October 12, during Gene's bass solo, he spat blood AFTER he flew up onto the platform above. He also brought back the clock bell and the white light that hadn't been used since the Creatures of the Night Tour which adds a more frightening effect to his performance.
  • In Atlanta, GA on October 26, Kiss performed "Say Yeah" off the Sonic Boom album for the first time ever live.
  • In Winnipeg on November 9, a concussion bomb (explosive) caught fire after "Black Diamond" and continued to burn for several minutes. To kill time, Kiss improvised and Gene began to play the bassline for "Firehouse": the other members eventually joined in. The song was sung by drummer Eric Singer as the others could not access their mics while the crew dropped down the row of lights to extinguish the flame.
  • On November 25, 2009, the show at the Staples Center was aired online live. The show got over 200,000 viewers.
  • On November 28, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Paul Stanley did not fly over the audience during "Love Gun".
  • On December 4, 2009 in Austin, Texas, Kiss did not play "Shout It Out Loud" being the only date they didn't play it.

Regulars of the Alive 35 tour:

  • During the Reunion Tour in 96, Ace Frehley fired rockets into the light truss during his solo. When the rocket reached the lights, there would be an explosion and a piece of the light rigging would fall. It's all part of the act. On this 2009 tour Tommy Thayer has adopted the same effect during his guitar solo.
  • Tommy Thayer's Gibson Explorer was used in all encores of the Alive 35 tour, stating "I've been playing this guitar during our encores as a change of pace from my workhorse Les Pauls" [3]

South American tour notes[edit]

  • Paul Stanley teased Buenos Aires', Lima's, Bogota's and Caracas's audience with fragments of "Guantanamera" and "Cucurrucucú Paloma" (both sung in Spanish) before playing "Rock and Roll All Nite".
  • Paul Stanley salutates the audience with "Yo no hablo muy bien español, pero conozco tus sentimientos y mi corazón es suyo" (I don't speak much Spanish, but I know your feelings and my heart is yours). He used the same phrase in their 1994 and 1997 visits.
  • A day before the performance in Peru. the band were seen sightseeing and learning about the Peruvian culture.
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina the cable that was rising to Gene failed. Gene said shortly after, "We put our lives on the line on a nightly basis all for you!", which was met with cheers from the crowd. Gene also saluted the audience saying "Santiago" instead of "Buenos Aires". You can notice this on the Sonic Boom Bonus DVD.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Australia/New Zealand
March 16, 2008 Melbourne Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
March 18, 2008 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 20, 2008 Sydney ACER Arena
March 22, 2008 Wellington New Zealand Rock2Wgtn
Europe
May 9, 2008 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
May 11, 2008 Munich Olympiahalle
May 12, 2008 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
May 13, 2008 Verona Italy Arena di Verona
May 16, 2008 Sofia Bulgaria Akademik Stadium
May 18, 2008 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park
May 22, 2008 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
May 24, 2008 Moscow Russia Olimpiyskiy Arena
May 26, 2008 St. Petersburg Ice Palace
May 27, 2008 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
May 28, 2008
May 30, 2008 Stockholm Sweden Stockholms Stadion
May 31, 2008 Oslo Norway Vallhall Arena
June 1, 2008 Bergen Koengen
June 3, 2008 Copenhagen Denmark Copenhagen Forum
June 4, 2008 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
June 6, 2008 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
June 9, 2008 Berlin Germany Berlin Velodrom
June 10, 2008 Mannheim SAP Arena
June 11, 2008 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
June 13, 2008 Castle Donington England Download Festival
June 15, 2008 Nijmegen Netherlands Arrow Rock Festival
June 17, 2008 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 18, 2008 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
June 21, 2008 Bilbao Spain Kobetasonik Festival
June 23, 2008 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 24, 2008 Milan Italy Datchforum
June 26, 2008 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
June 27, 2008 Nuremberg Germany Nuremberg Arena
June 28, 2008 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
North America
August 4, 2008 Sturgis, South Dakota United States Rock'n The Rally
August 29, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada Pearl Concert Theater
August 30, 2008 Lake Tahoe, Nevada Harvey's Outdoor Arena
August 31, 2008 Kelseyville, California Konocti Harbor Amphitheatre
South America
April 3, 2009 Santiago Chile Estadio Municipal de La Florida
April 5, 2009 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
April 7, 2009 São Paulo Brazil Anhembi Convention Center
April 8, 2009 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose
April 11, 2009 Bogotá Colombia Simón Bolívar Park
April 14, 2009 Lima Peru Estadio Nacional
April 17, 2009 Caracas Venezuela Hipódromo La Rinconada
North America
June 27, 2009 Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States Milwaukee Summerfest
July 10, 2009 Sarnia, Ontario Canada Sarnia Bayfest
July 11, 2009 Windsor Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
July 13, 2009 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
July 15, 2009 Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa Bluesfest
July 16, 2009 Quebec City, Quebec Festival d'été de Québec
July 18, 2009 Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Rocks 2009
July 20, 2009 Orillia, Ontario Casino Rama
July 21, 2009
July 28, 2009 Paso Robles, California United States California State Fair
North America/Sonic Boom Tour
September 25, 2009 Detroit, Michigan United States Cobo Arena
September 26, 2009
September 28, 2009 Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena
September 29, 2009 London, Ontario Canada John Labatt Centre
October 1, 2009 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
October 2, 2009 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
October 3, 2009 Uncasville, Connecticut United States Mohegan Sun Arena
October 5, 2009 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden
October 7, 2009 Oshawa, Ontario Canada General Motors Centre
October 9, 2009 Uniondale, New York United States Nassau Coliseum
October 10, 2009 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
October 12, 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center
October 13, 2009 Washington, DC Verizon Center
October 16, 2009 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
October 17, 2009 Greenville, South Carolina Bi-Lo Center
October 19, 2009 Pensacola, Florida Pensacola Civic Center
October 21, 2009 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum
October 22, 2009 Fort Lauderdale, Florida BankAtlantic Center
October 24, 2009 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Arena
October 26, 2009 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena
October 28, 2009 Nashville, Tennessee Sommet Center
October 29, 2009 Little Rock, Arkansas Verizon Arena
October 31, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana Voodoo Music Experience
November 6, 2009 Chicago, Illinois United Center
November 7, 2009 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center
November 9, 2009 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada MTS Centre
November 10, 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
November 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta Pengrowth Saddledome
November 14, 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia General Motors Place
November 15, 2009 Seattle, Washington United States KeyArena at Seattle Center
November 17, 2009 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden
November 19, 2009 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
November 21, 2009 Fresno, California Save Mart Center
November 22, 2009 Oakland, California Oracle Arena
November 24, 2009 Anaheim, California Honda Center
November 25, 2009 Los Angeles, California Staples Center
November 27, 2009 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
November 28, 2009 Las Vegas, Nevada Pearl Concert Theater
December 1, 2009 Glendale, Arizona Jobing.com Arena
December 2, 2009 El Paso, Texas Don Haskins Center
December 4, 2009 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
December 5, 2009 Houston, Texas Toyota Center
December 6, 2009 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
December 8, 2009 Tulsa, Oklahoma BOK Center
December 10, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri Sprint Center
December 11, 2009 Council Bluffs, Iowa Mid-America Center
December 13, 2009 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mellon Arena
  • Top 50 Worldwide Tours 2009: KISS, #33[3]
  • Total Gross: US $36 million
  • Total Attendance: 564,617
  • No. of shows: 59

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