List of Kiss concert tours

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This is a listing of concert tours and notable concerts by the American band Kiss.

The tours[edit]

Year(s) Dates Title Notes
1973 40 Club tour Kiss played most of their club shows at the Daisy in Amityville, Long Island and the Coventry in Queens, Americana Amusement Park Ohio, Not counting as an actual Kiss tour.
1974 71 Kiss Tour
1974–75 54 Hotter Than Hell Tour The tour ended abruptly so Kiss could record their third album, Dressed to Kill.
1975 72 Dressed to Kill Tour Five shows were recorded for later inclusion on the group's breakthrough album, Alive!.
1975–76 117 Alive! Tour The group's first headlining tour.
1976 34 Destroyer Tour Kiss plays Anaheim Stadium, playing to 42,000 people, the biggest US crowd the band has played to.
1976–77 69 Rock & Roll Over Tour Kiss plays Japan for first time, playing four sold out nights at Tokyo's Budokan Hall, breaking the previous record held by The Beatles.
1977 32 Love Gun Tour The three Los Angeles shows were recorded for Alive II.
1977–78 51 Alive II Tour Kiss played five sold-out shows at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, breaking the record of four held by themselves just one year earlier.
1979 82 Dynasty Tour Last tour of the original lineup until 1996. Several cancellations were caused by Criss' vicious drug habit.
1980 42 Unmasked Tour First tour featuring new drummer Eric Carr, and last with lead guitarist Ace Frehley; only one U.S. performance. KISS plays in Australia for the first time.
1982–83 56 Creatures of the Night Tour First tour with new lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent, and last Kiss tour in makeup until 1996. Poor ticket sales for North American Leg.
1983–84 94 Lick it Up Tour Vinnie Vincent dismissed from Kiss at the conclusion of the tour. The Lick it Up Tour is the first tour without makeup.
1984–85 119 Animalize Tour New lead guitarist Mark St. John fired from Kiss during the tour and replaced by Bruce Kulick for most shows.
1985–86 91 Asylum Tour This was the first Kiss tour since 1979 to remain exclusively inside North America.
1987–88 129 Crazy Nights Tour Kiss added an offstage keyboardist, Gary Corbett, but he only travelled with the band on occasion due to budget constraints.
1990 123 Hot in The Shade Tour Last tour with Eric Carr, who died on November 24, 1991.
1992 56 Revenge Tour First tour with new drummer Eric Singer.
1994–1995 23 Kiss My Ass Tour Toured South America as headliners on the touring Monsters of Rock festival. Also returned to Japan and Australia. Plays few shows in North America.
1996–97 191 Alive/Worldwide Tour First tour of the group's original lineup since 1979.
1998–2000 63 Psycho Circus Tour The band introduced 3-D visuals as part of the stage show.
2000–01 142 Kiss Farewell Tour Peter Criss left the band in early 2001 due to failed contractual negotiations, and was replaced by Eric Singer for the remainder of the tour.
2003 59 World Domination Tour Kiss co-headlined with Aerosmith. Peter Criss returned to the band for the tour, but Ace Frehley bowed out and was replaced by Tommy Thayer.
2004 59 Rock the Nation Tour Criss, whose contract had expired, was again replaced by Eric Singer. Two shows filmed for the concert DVD Rock the Nation Live!.
2006 7 Rising Sun Tour Kiss does 4 shows in Japan, one including the Udo Music Fesival and 3 shows in USA.
2007 5 Hit 'N Run Tour "All American Man" performed live for the first time ever due to winning an online vote on KISS's official website. Band plays without Paul Stanley on last date of the tour due to Paul suffering from a rapid heart beat before the show.
2008-10 101 KISS Alive/35 World Tour Celebrating the band's 35th anniversary. Kiss' first tour since 2004, first time to tour Europe and South America since 1999. First time to Canada since 2000.
2010 33 Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour KISS' first arena shows in the UK since 1998.
2010-11 58 The Hottest Show on Earth Tour KISS' first amphitheater shows in North America since 2004's Rock the Nation Tour.
2012 40 The Tour KISS will be co-headlining the tour with Mötley Crüe, running from July to October.
2012-13 57 Monster Tour Kiss kicked off their Monster tour on November 7, 2012 in South America They played 5 legs 1.South America 2.Australia 3.Europe 4.North America 5.Asia. Kiss co-headlined the tour through late 2012 through the whole of 2013.
2014 42 Heroes Tour Kiss co-headlining tour with Def Leppard from June to August, as well as Kiss' 40 anniversary.

Notable concerts[edit]

Date Venue Notes
February 21, 1974 Aquarius Theater – Los Angeles, CA The band made their first TV appearance, taping a performance for Dick Clark's In Concert.
October 9, 1975 Cadillac High School – Cadillac, MI At the invitation of the Cadillac High School football team, Kiss played a highly publicized concert.
May 13, 1976 Free Trade Hall - Manchester, England First show outside North America.
August 20, 1976 Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA Kiss played to a crowd of 42,987, the largest American audience of the band's career.
December 12, 1976 Lakeland Civic CenterLakeland, FL Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted after touching an ungrounded metal railing. He returned 30 minutes later to finish the show. The incident was the inspiration for the 1977 Kiss song "Shock Me."
February 18, 1977 Madison Square GardenNew York City, New York Kiss played a sold-out headlining show at Madison Square Garden. The concert was billed by manager Bill Aucoin as a "triumphant return of the conquering heroes."
May 18, 1978 Magic MountainValencia, CA Kiss filmed their performance for inclusion in the TV movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.
December 16, 1979 Toledo Sports ArenaToledo, OH Last show and tour with Peter Criss until the Reunion Tour in 1996
July 25, 1980 The Palladium - New York First show with Eric Carr.
December 3, 1980 Western Springs Stadium - Auckland, New Zealand Last show and tour with Ace Frehley until the Reunion Tour in 1996, although Frehley's official departure was in 1982.
January 15, 1982 Studio 54 During a lip synched performance of "I" from Studio 54, broadcast via satellite to the Sanremo Festival in Italy, the band perform as a trio for the first time, due to the absence of Ace Frehley.
December 29, 1982 Bismarck Civic Center - Bismarck, ND First show with Vinnie Vincent.
June 18, 1983 Estádio do MaracanãRio de Janeiro, Brazil The band played to the largest crowd of their career – 200,000.
October 11, 1983 Pavilhão de CascaisLisboa, Portugal First concert without makeup.
March 17, 1984 Roberts Municipal Stadium - Evansville, IN Last show with Vinnie Vincent.
December 8, 1984 Cobo Hall - Detroit, MI First show with Bruce Kulick as an official member, after replacing Mark St. John for several concerts, due to his Reiter's Syndrome. This show was also recorded for the Animalize Live Uncensored home video.
August 20, 1988 Donington ParkCastle Donington, England Largest British crowd of their career - 107,000
November 9, 1990 Madison Square Garden - New York Last show with Eric Carr
April 24, 1992 The Stone - San Francisco, CA First club show with Eric Singer.
October 1, 1992 Stabler Arena - Allentown, PA First US arena show with Eric Singer.
February 13, 1995 Sydney Entertainment Centre - Sydney, Australia Last arena show with Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer.
August 9, 1995 Sony Studios – New York City, New York At a taping for MTV Unplugged, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss performed with the band. It was the first public performance by the original lineup since December 16, 1979. This show was also the last public performance with Bruce Kulick, and the last with Eric Singer until 2001.
June 15, 1996 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - Irvine, CA Warm up show of the Alive/Worldwide tour featuring Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in full makeup, for the first time since 1979.
June 28, 1996 Tiger Stadium (Detroit) - Detroit Official first show of the Alive/Worldwide tour in front of 39,867 fans.
January 22, 1997 Osaka Castle Hall - Osaka, Japan Gene loses voice, Paul and Ace take over vocals for most of Gene's songs
April 5, 1997 Columbus Civic Center - Columbus, GA Peter Criss is unable to perform due to severe pains in his arms, replaced by drum tech Ed Kanon.
January 31, 1999 Super Bowl XXXIIIMiami, FL The group performed during the pregame festivities to an international audience of over 800 million TV viewers.
October 7, 2000 North Charleston Coliseum - North Charleston, SC Last show with Peter Criss until 2003.
March 9, 2001 Yokohama Arena - Yokohama, Japan Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss.
April 13, 2001 Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia Last arena show with Ace Frehley.
February 24, 2002 2002 Winter OlympicsSalt Lake City Kiss played "Rock and Roll All Nite" at the closing ceremonies to the biggest internationally televised audience of their career, more than 3 million people. Last public performance with Ace Frehley to date.
February 28, 2003 Telstra Dome - Melbourne, Australia Alive IV: Symphony. First show with Tommy Thayer and Peter Criss.
December 20, 2003 Save Mart Center - Fresno, CA Last show with Peter Criss to date, being replaced again by Eric Singer.
July 27, 2007 Soboba Casino Arena - San Jacinto, California Paul Stanley forced out of show due to rapid heart beat. Other members Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer perform as a trio for the second time in Kiss' history.
April 11, 2009 First concert - Bogota, Colombia KISS makes its first concert in Colombia.
July 16, 2009 Plains of Abraham - Quebec, Canada KISS played in front of the biggest Canadian crowd of their career, around 90,000 screaming fans.

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