Kiss Farewell Tour

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Kiss Farewell Tour
Tour by Kiss
Start date March 11, 2000
End date April 13, 2001
Legs 5
Shows 142 played 1 cancelled
Kiss concert chronology
Psycho Circus Tour
(1998-2000)
Kiss Farewell Tour
(2000-01)
World Domination Tour (2003)

The Kiss Farewell Tour was a concert tour performed by the rock group Kiss, four years after they reunited the group's original line up for a record-breaking Reunion Tour in 1996, "Kiss Worldwide Alive". A follow-up tour in 1998 in support of their then recent release, Psycho Circus, saw lower ticket sales in the United States and the tour was limited to the East Coast in America, but did better overseas. Two years after this, the "Farewell Tour" was announced. This trek was more successful than the 1998 tour and it covered the entire USA and was brought overseas as well.

It was intended to be Kiss' last tour. However, in late 2002 they announced that they were not going to retire as planned. Although Kiss continued performing after the conclusion of the tour, this was the final tour with the original, reunited classic lineup. The initial Japanese leg of the Farewell Tour was announced by promoter UDO Artists on September 15, 2000 but cancelled six days later due to "scheduling problems." Peter Criss had effectively left the band following the final "Farewell" show in North Charleston, South Carolina in October 2000; however, this was not publicly known at the time. His reunion contract had essentially expired and he and Kiss were unable to come to terms for him continuing with the band for the Japan/Australia 2001 tour. As a result he was replaced by Eric Singer.

In an interview with Ace Frehley at the show in Ames, Iowa, he stated that after the Australian leg, would be 5 final shows in New York City at Madison Square Garden. Those were cancelled. Skid Row and Ted Nugent were the opening acts for most of the shows on the US leg of the tour. One notable aspect of the tour was the fact that for the first time since returning to wearing makeup, the band began to include songs not recorded with the classic lineup in their setlist. Lick It Up and Heaven's On Fire were played representing the bands' non-makeup era, and I Love It Loud was included from their late-makeup era which did not involve the original lineup.

Kiss opened the show by synching an explosion sound with bursting lights as a large black curtain blocking the stage dropped away to reveal the band descending from the lighting rig on a chrome platform spewing sparks underneath. The group stepped off onto center stage, and it raised up back into the lighting rig as they began playing. Initially all four members rode the platform down, fists in the air; soon, however, the band was already playing the first song as it started to lower, and drummer Peter Criss descended on his own platform, playing his drum kit, in synch with the front platform. On June 27, 2000, the band filmed their show at East Rutherford, New Jersey for a pay-per-view concert film, "The Last KISS", which was released later on home video and is part of the Kissology set.

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Detroit Rock City"
  2. "Deuce"
  3. "Shout It Out Loud"
  4. "I Love It Loud"
  5. "Shock Me"
  6. "Firehouse"
  7. "Do You Love Me?"
  8. "Psycho Circus"
  9. "Calling Dr. Love"
  10. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"
  11. "2,000 Man"
  12. "Heaven's on Fire"
  13. "Lick It Up"
  14. "God of Thunder"
  15. "Cold Gin"
  16. "100,000 Years"
  17. "Love Gun"
  18. "Black Diamond"
  19. "Beth"
  20. "Rock and Roll All Nite"


  • During the US leg Frehley would occasionally drop in snippets of songs during his spotlight-solo, e.g. "Hard Times".

Tour dates[edit]

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Date City Country Venue Tickets Sold/Available
North America
March 11, 2000 Phoenix, Arizona United States Desert Sky Pavilion1 14,584 / 19,586 (74%)
March 12, 2000 Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center 8,220 / 8,220 (100%)
March 14, 2000 Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan American Center 10,051 / 10,051 (100%)
March 17, 2000 Paradise, Nevada Mandalay Bay Events Center 9,296 / 9,296 (100%)
March 18, 2000 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond2 14,009 / 14,009 (100%)
March 19, 2000 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena 10,818 / 12,509 (86%)
March 21, 2000 Bakersfield, California Bakersfield Centennial Gardens 9,343 / 9,343 (100%)
March 23, 2000 Oakland, California Oakland Arena 14,494 / 15,885 (91%)
March 25, 2000 Reno, Nevada Lawlor Events Center 9,935 / 10,456 (94%)
March 27, 2000 West Valley City, Utah E Center 9,573 / 9,573 (100%)
March 28, 2000 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center 15,287 / 17,000 (89%)
March 29, 2000 Lubbock, Texas United Spirit Arena 11,592 / 13,000 (89%)
March 31, 2000 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome 20,760 / 20,760 (100%)
April 1, 2000 The Woodlands, Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 16,908 / 16,917 (99%)
April 2, 2000 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheatre 18,135 / 18,135 (100%)
April 4, 2000 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Convention Center 12,533 / 12,533 (100%)
April 5, 2000 North Little Rock, Arkansas Alltel Arena 10,080 / 12,500 (80%)
April 6, 2000 Pensacola, Florida Pensacola Civic Center 7,226 / 7,226 (100%)
April 8, 2000 West Palm Beach, Florida MARS Music Amphitheater 14,031 / 18,000 (77%)
April 9, 2000 Estero, Florida TECO Arena 6,527 / 6,527 (100%)
April 11, 2000 Orlando, Florida Amway Arena 10,428 / 12,437 (83%)
April 12, 2000 Tampa, Florida Ice Palace 12,245 / 14,033 (87%)
April 14, 2000 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Arena 13,628 / 13,628 (100%)
April 15, 2000 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena 14,495 / 14,495 (100%)
April 16, 2000 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena 13,656 / 13,656 (100%)
April 18, 2000 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum 8,798 / 9,227 (95%)
April 20, 2000 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum 15,886 / 15,886 (100%)
April 21, 2000 Greenville, South Carolina Bi-Lo Center 12,049 / 12,049 (100%)
April 22, 2000 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum 17,685 / 17,685 (100%)
April 24, 2000 Chattanooga, Tennessee UTC Arena 6,658 / 11,500 (57%)
April 25, 2000 Memphis, Tennessee Pyramid Arena 14,259 / 14,259 (100%)
April 28, 2000 Nashville, Tennessee AmSouth Amphitheater 16,503 / 17,000 (97%)
April 29, 2000 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall 14,467 / 14,868 (97%)
April 30, 2000 Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena 13,040 / 13,040 (100%)
May 2, 2000 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center 7,711 / 11,519 (66%)
May 3, 2000 Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke Civic Center 7,178 / 9,000 (79%)
May 5, 2000 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena 26,698 / 35,000 (76%)
May 6, 2000
May 7, 2000 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena 11,791 / 12,420 (94%)
May 9, 2000 Toledo, Ohio John F. Savage Hall 6,183 / 8,794 (70%)
May 11, 2000 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena 22,951 / 22,951 (100%)
May 12, 2000
May 13, 2000 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater 16,869 / 16,869 (100%)
May 15, 2000 Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center 9,130 / 9,130 (100%)
May 16, 2000 Moline, Illinois MARK of the Quad Cities 11,360 / 11,360 (100%)
May 18, 2000 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center 14,031 / 15,281 (91%)
May 19, 2000 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Marcus Amphitheatre 17,172 / 22,828 (75%)
May 21, 2000 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Theater 22,633 / 24,210 (93%)
May 22, 2000 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center 11,209 / 20,474 (54%)
May 24, 2000 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills 27,493 / 34,962 (78%)
May 25, 2000
May 26, 2000 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Starlake Amphitheatre 14,946 / 23,212 (64%)
North America
June 6, 2000 Richmond, Virginia United States Richmond Coliseum 7,019 / 8,000 (87%)
June 9, 2000 Wantagh, New York Jones Beach Amphitheater 23,542 / 28,220 (83%)
June 10, 2000
June 12, 2000 Mansfield, Massachusetts Tweeter Center 35,594 / 35,594 (100%)
June 13, 2000
June 15, 2000 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center 8,288 / 8,288 (100%)
June 16, 2000 Camden, New Jersey Blockbuster Sony E-Center 14,174 / 24,697 (57%)
June 19, 2000 Erie, Pennsylvania Erie Civic Center 6,796 / 6,796 (100%)
June 20, 2000 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center 9,427 / 20,000 (47%)
June 22, 2000 Montreal, Quebec Canada Molson Centre 12,246 / 12,246 (100%)
June 23, 2000 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre 15,675 / 15,675 (100%)
June 24, 2000 Buffalo, New York United States Marine Midland Arena 12,163 / 12,163 (100%)
June 27, 2000 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena 27,910 / 30,000 (93%)
June 28, 2000
June 30, 2000 Raleigh, North Carolina Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek 10,385 / 20,119 (51%)
July 1, 2000 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion 13,842 / 22,485 (61%)
July 2, 2000 Virginia Beach, Virginia Virginia Beach Amphitheater 11,762 / 19,932 (59%)
July 5, 2000 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium 18,232 / 28,824 (63%)
July 7, 2000 Scranton, Pennsylvania Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain 15,119 / 16,000 (94%)
July 8, 2000 Hartford, Connecticut Meadows Music Theater 12,508 / 24,570 (50%)
July 11, 2000 Madison, Wisconsin Kohl Center 6,259 / 13,838 (45%)
July 13, 2000 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center 9,241 / 12,650 (73%)
July 14, 2000 Fargo, North Dakota Fargodome 8,540 / 12,000 (71%)
July 16, 2000 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Arena 10,722 / 11,506 (93%)
July 17, 2000 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Place 7,272 / 13,300 (54%)
July 19, 2000 Calgary, Alberta Olympic Saddledome 13,264 / 18,800 (70%)
July 20, 2000 Edmonton, Alberta Skyreach Centre 13,074 / 17,403 (75%)
July 22, 2000 George, Washington United States The Gorge Amphitheatre 17,676 / 20,000 (88%)
July 24, 2000 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden Arena 6,667 / 15,286 (43%)
July 26, 2000 Nampa, Idaho Idaho Center 6,412 / 9,000 (71%)
July 28, 2000 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre 14,755 / 20,000 (73%)
July 29, 2000 Sacramento, California California Exposition & State Fair 16,043 / 18,005 (89%)
July 30, 2000 Concord, California Chronicle Pavilion 8,729 / 12,500 (69%)
August 1, 2000 Fresno, California Selland Arena 6,380 / 8,000 (79%)
August 2, 2000 Paradise, Nevada Mandalay Bay Events Center 6,731 / 8,675 (77%)
North America
August 11, 2000 Irvine, California United States Irvine Meadows Amphitheater3 6,363 / 15,416 (41%)
August 12, 2000 Devore, California Hyundai Pavilion 13,807 / 65,000 (21%)
August 14, 2000 Greenwood Village, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheater 6,198 / 17,916 (34%)
August 15, 2000 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum 5,550 / 11,775 (47%)
August 17, 2000 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center 7,445 / 11,000 (67%)
August 18, 2000 Lafayette, Louisiana Cajundome 8,632 / 10,000 (86%)
August 19, 2000 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Coliseum 7,624 / 9,500 (80%)
August 21, 2000 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum 4,219 / 5,000 (84%)
August 22, 2000 The Woodlands, Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 9,236 / 12,651 (73%)
August 23, 2000 Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth Convention Center 7,049 / 10,000 (70%)
August 25, 2000 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheater4 11,512 / 18,000 (63%)
August 26, 2000 Maryland Heights, Missouri Riverport Amphitheatre 11,719 / 21,000 (55%)
August 28, 2000 Valley Center, Kansas Kansas Coliseum 6,668 / 9,500 (70%)
August 29, 2000 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium 8,876 / 10,000 (88%)
August 30, 2000 Ames, Iowa Hilton Coliseum 5,926 / 12,520 (47%)
September 1, 2000 Carbondale, Illinois SIU Arena 6,200 / 8,829 (70%)
September 2, 2000 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center 6,361 / 8,769 (72%)
September 5, 2000 Rockford, Illinois Rockford MetroCentre 3,868 / 5,445 (71%)
September 6, 2000 East Lansing, Michigan Breslin Center 4,792 / 14,500 (33%)
September 8, 2000 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena 6,762 / 16,500 (40%)
September 9, 2000 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse 8,819 / 15,086 (58%)
September 10, 2000 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Stadium 4,581 / 12,912 (35%)
September 12, 2000 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theatre 13,456 / 15,274 (88%)
September 13, 2000 Dayton, Ohio Ervin J. Nutter Center 5,994 / 11,500 (52%)
September 15, 2000 Binghamton, New York Broome County Memorial Arena 3,228 / 6,800 (47%)
September 16, 2000 Syracuse, New York War Memorial at Oncenter 5,938 / 7,500 (79%)
September 18, 2000 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center5 8,241 / 10,500 (78%)
September 20, 2000 Quebec City, Quebec Canada Colisee de Quebec 6,804 / 7,500 (90%)
September 21, 2000 Ottawa, Ontario Corel Centre 7,396 / 9,000 (82%)
September 23, 2000 Hamilton, Ontario Copps Coliseum 8,328 / 9,000 (92%)
September 26, 2000 Trenton, New Jersey United States Sovereign Bank Arena 5,079 / 6,250 (81%)
September 27, 2000 University Park, Pennsylvania Bryce Jordan Center 5,253 / 10,400 (50%)
September 29, 2000 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena 6,526 / 17,500 (37%)
September 30, 2000 Tinley Park, Illinois New World Music Theatre 6,771 / 30,000 (22%)
October 1, 2000 Champaign, Illinois Assembly Hall 4,371 / 7,500 (58%)
October 3, 2000 Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun 3,162 / 3,162 (100%)
October 4, 2000 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion 4,369 / 15,274 (28%)
October 6, 2000 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum 9,116 / 9,958 (91%)
October 7, 2000 North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum6 7,888 / 8,652 (91%)
Asia
March 9, 2001 Yokohama Japan Yokohama Arena7 22,255 / 28,255 (78%)
March 10, 2001 Yokohama Arena
March 13, 2001 Tokyo Tokyo Dome 41,895 / 41,895 (100%)
March 16, 2001 Fukuoka Kokusai Center 5,559 / 8,772 (63%)
March 18, 2001 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall 6,875 / 10,000 (68%)
March 20, 2001 Osaka Osaka Castle Hall 17,000 / 17,000 (100%)
March 21, 2001
Australia
March 29, 2001 Perth Australia Burswood Dome 16,391 / 16,407 (99%)
April 1, 2001 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre 8,992 / 8,992 (100%)
April 3, 2001 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 33,219 / 33,219 (100%)
April 4, 2001
April 5, 2001
April 7, 2001 Sydney Sydney Superdome 29,694 / 29,694 (100%)
April 8, 2001
April 13, 2001 Gold Coast Carrara Stadium8 20,457 / 30,000 (68%)

Postponed/Cancelled Dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Reasoning
May 17, 2000 Minneapolis, Minnesota United States Target Center The band was unable to fly out of Chicago due to poor weather conditions, rescheduled to May 18
September 24, 2000 Lake Placid, New York Olympic Center Poor ticket sales
November 13, 2000 Hiroshima Japan Sun Plaza Hall Cancelled due to ongoing contract issues with Peter Criss, all dates except Hiroshima rescheduled to March 2001
November 15, 2000 Osaka Osaka Castle Hall
November 16, 2000
November 17, 2000 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall
November 19, 2000 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
November 20, 2000 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
  • ^Note 1 The band rehearsed at this venue several days before their debut show.
  • ^Note 2 This show was troubled by major production errors. During the opening to the song "Love Gun" each night, Paul Stanley would ride on wire with foot sling to a small second stage in the arena floor where he performed the song. At this show, he became stalled a few rows out from the main stage and hung over the audience, helpless for quite a while before the road crew were able to reverse the wire and edge him back to the main stage. Many other errors occurred as well.
  • ^Note 3 Ace Frehley was so late arriving to this show, the band was preparing to dress up Tommy Thayer to fill in. Frehley traveled by helicopter to make it.
  • ^Note 4 The band and manager Doc McGhee presented Gene Simmons with a surprise, a giant birthday cake in the shape of a woman's breasts. He had turned 51 the day before.
  • ^Note 5 Peter Criss' final drum solo in the song "100,000 Years". Criss had added a tear to his facepaint to signal his dissatisfaction with the band. He left the stage before the band took its group bow, so only Frehley, Stanley, and Simmons joined hands and bowed.
  • ^Note 6 Peter Criss' last show with Kiss; he destroyed the drum kit at the show's conclusion in frustration.
  • ^Note 7 Eric Singer's first show, after a five-year absence. Donned Catman makeup and outfit
  • ^Note 8 Ace Frehley's last show

References[edit]

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