Alive/Worldwide Tour

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Alive/Worldwide Tour
Tour by Kiss
Start dateJune 15, 1996
End dateJuly 5, 1997
No. of shows193 played, 8 cancelled
Kiss concert chronology

The KISS Alive/Worldwide Tour (also known as the Reunion Tour) was a 1996–1997 concert tour by American hard rock band Kiss. It was the first tour with original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley since the Dynasty Tour in 1979. The tour grossed $143.7 million, making it the most successful Kiss tour to date.

The reunion tour prompted many 80's metal bands to also do reunion tours, however Kiss' was the first and most successful.

Shows included the June 15 warmup gig in Irvine, California, during which a stray firework ignited part of the stage; the August 8 show in Cincinnati, where a fan threw his prosthetic leg on stage, which all the members signed and handed back to him; the January 22 show in Osaka, Japan, where Gene Simmons lost his voice, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley had to sing most of the songs; and the April 5 show in Columbus, Georgia, where, due to health reasons, Peter Criss could not perform, and because the group decided to not cancel the show since the doors were already open, Criss's drum tech Eddie Kanon took the stage in Criss's "cat" make-up. There was a short set played for MTV Music Awards before starting the US second leg, on September 4 at Fulton Ferry Landing under the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC.

The setlists for the tour drew almost exclusively from the band's 1970s heyday and did not include any songs from their non-make-up era. Only one song from the band's 1980s catalogue ("Shandi" from Unmasked) was played. The band did this because they believed that since they were touring with their original lineup, they should be faithful to the era with the material performed.[citation needed]

In the tour program for the band's final tour, Stanley reflected on the tour:

There were many many nights when I was looking around the stage and going "This is magic." This is beyond anybody's wildest fantasies. What was important about these shows is we had a much bigger task than people understood. Our biggest competition was our history. We didn't have to be as good as we used to be. We had to be as good as people thought we were. The show wasn't to be a replica of what we've done, it was to be what people imagined we had done. We had to be totally committed. and also totally sure that we could not only live up the legend but also surpass it. In terms of the stage show for the reunion tour, what we wanted to do was look at the '77 show in a sense as a pinnacle. That is what we chose to build on but not copy. There are also elements from other shows too in the sense that there's bombs and the flying rig and the breaking of the guitars. At that time, it was the ultimate Kiss show in the sense that we looked at the show, which we thought was our best and said, "Top this."[1]

Alice in Chains were among many of the supporting acts on this tour. This would turn out to be their last tour featuring late vocalist Layne Staley with the final live appearance being on July 3, 1996, in Kansas City, Missouri. Shortly after the show, Staley was found unresponsive after he overdosed on heroin and was taken to the hospital. Although he recovered, the band was forced to go on hiatus. Layne would never perform live again and lived in isolation until his death on April 5, 2002.

Typical setlist[edit]

  1. "Deuce"
  2. "King of the Night Time World"
  3. "Do You Love Me?"
  4. "Calling Dr. Love"
  5. "Cold Gin"
  6. "Love Gun"
  7. "Shout It Out Loud"
  8. "Watchin' You"
  9. "Firehouse"
  10. "Strutter"
  11. "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley guitar solo)
  12. "Rock Bottom"
  13. "God of Thunder" (Gene Simmons bass solo, spits blood and flies), (Peter Criss drum solo)
  14. "New York Groove"
  15. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"
  16. "100,000 Years"
  17. "Black Diamond"


  1. "Beth"
  2. "Detroit Rock City"
  3. "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Other songs played included "Take Me", "I Stole Your Love", "Shandi", "C'mon and Love Me", "I Was Made for Lovin' You", "Christine Sixteen", and "2,000 Man".

Tour dates[edit]

[2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
KROQ Weenie Roast
June 15, 1996 Irvine, California United States Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Red Hot Chili Peppers
North America
June 28, 1996 Detroit, Michigan United States Tiger Stadium Alice in Chains, Sponge
June 30, 1996 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall Alice in Chains
July 2, 1996 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center
July 3, 1996 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
July 5, 1996 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena Pushmonkey
July 6, 1996 Houston, Texas The Summit
July 7, 1996 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome
July 9, 1996 New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome The Melvins
July 10, 1996 Memphis, Tennessee Pyramid Arena
July 12, 1996 Moline, Illinois MARK of the Quad Cities
July 13, 1996 Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Civic Center
July 14, 1996 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
July 16, 1996 The Nixons
July 17, 1996 Fairborn, Ohio Ervin J. Nutter Center
July 19, 1996 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena
July 20, 1996 D Generation
July 21, 1996 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena The Nixons
July 22, 1996 D Generation
July 25, 1996 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
July 26, 1996 CIV
July 27, 1996 311
July 28, 1996 The Nixons
July 30, 1996 Boston, Massachusetts FleetCenter
July 31, 1996 D Generation
August 2, 1996 Quebec City, Quebec Canada Colisée de Quebec
August 3, 1996 Montreal, Quebec Molson Centre
August 5, 1996 Ottawa, Ontario Corel Centre
August 6, 1996 Toronto, Ontario SkyDome
August 8, 1996 Cincinnati, Ohio United States Riverfront Coliseum
August 9, 1996 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
August 10, 1996 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bradley Center
Monsters of Rock
August 17, 1996 Donington England Monsters of Rock Ozzy Osbourne, Sepultura, Biohazard, Dog Eat Dog, Paradise Lost, Fear Factory
North America
August 21, 1996 Phoenix, Arizona United States America West Arena Stabbing Westward
August 23, 1996 Inglewood, California Great Western Forum
August 24, 1996
August 25, 1996 Red Five
August 27, 1996 San Jose, California San Jose Arena Stabbing Westward
August 28, 1996 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
August 30, 1996 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden Arena
August 31, 1996 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome
September 1, 1996 Spokane, Washington Spokane Arena
September 2, 1996 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada General Motors Place
September 5, 1996 Salt Lake City, Utah United States Delta Center The Hunger
September 7, 1996 Denver, Colorado McNichols Sports Arena
September 8, 1996
September 10, 1996 Valley Center, Kansas Britt Brown Arena
September 11, 1996 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Convention Center
September 13, 1996 Tupelo, Mississippi Tupelo Coliseum
September 14, 1996 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Coliseum
September 15, 1996 Pensacola, Florida Pensacola Civic Center The Hunger, The Verve Pipe
September 17, 1996 Miami, Florida Miami Arena The Verve Pipe
September 19, 1996 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Coliseum
September 20, 1996 St. Petersburg, Florida Thunderdome
September 22, 1996 Orlando, Florida Orlando Arena
September 24, 1996 North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum
September 25, 1996 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
September 27, 1996 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
September 28, 1996 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
September 29, 1996 Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson–Boling Arena
October 1, 1996 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Coliseum
October 2, 1996 The Bogmen
October 4, 1996 Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke Civic Center
October 5, 1996 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
October 6, 1996 Landover, Maryland USAir Arena
October 7, 1996 Deftones
October 8, 1996 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania CoreStates Center The Bogmen
October 9, 1996 Deftones
October 11, 1996
October 12, 1996 Albany, New York Knickerbocker Arena
October 13, 1996 Buffalo, New York Marine Midland Arena
October 15, 1996 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
October 16, 1996 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 17, 1996 Coyote Shivers
October 18, 1996 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena Deftones
October 20, 1996 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena
October 21, 1996 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
October 23, 1996 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium Royal Crown Revue
October 24, 1996
October 26, 1996 Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan American Center Fluffy
October 27, 1996 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
October 29, 1996 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena Caroline's Spine
October 31, 1996 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Poe
November 1, 1996 Reel Big Fish
November 2, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Caroline's Spine
November 5, 1996 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center Johnny Bravo
November 6, 1996 Lafayette, Louisiana Cajundome
November 7, 1996 Shreveport, Louisiana Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
November 9, 1996 Little Rock, Arkansas Barton Coliseum
November 10, 1996 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
November 20, 1996 Birmingham England NEC Arena The Verve Pipe
November 21, 1996 Manchester NYNEX Arena
November 25, 1996 London Wembley Arena
December 1, 1996 Brussels Belgium Forest National
December 2, 1996 Paris France Zénith de Paris
December 4, 1996 Berlin Germany Deutschlandhalle Die Ärzte
December 6, 1996 Stockholm Sweden Globen Arena The Verve Pipe
December 7, 1996 Gothenburg Scandinavium
December 8, 1996 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
December 10, 1996 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
December 11, 1996 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt Die Ärzte
December 12, 1996 Oberhausen Oberhausen Arena
December 14, 1996 Prague Czech Republic Sportovní hala The Verve Pipe
December 15, 1996
December 16, 1996 Vienna Austria Libro Music Hall
December 18, 1996 Milan Italy Filaforum
December 19, 1996 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
December 20, 1996 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle Die Ärzte
December 21, 1996 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
North America
December 28, 1996 Worcester, Massachusetts United States The Centrum The 4th Floor
December 29, 1996 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 30, 1996 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
December 31, 1996 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena
January 18, 1997 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome No Opening Act
January 20, 1997 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall
January 21, 1997 Osaka Osaka Castle Hall
January 22, 1997
January 24, 1997 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
January 25, 1997 Hiroshima Hiroshima Sun Plaza
January 31, 1997 Auckland New Zealand The Supertop The Exponents
February 3, 1997 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre Custard
February 5, 1997 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre Fireballs
February 6, 1997 The Screaming Jets
February 9, 1997 Perth Burswood Dome Non-Intentional Lifeform
February 11, 1997 Adelaide Memorial Drive Tennis Centre Fireballs
February 13, 1997 Melbourne Centre Court
February 14, 1997 The Fauves
February 15, 1997 Snout
Latin America
March 7, 1997 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes Pantera
March 8, 1997
March 9, 1997
March 11, 1997 Santiago Chile Velodromo del Estadio Nacional
March 14, 1997 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
North America (Lost Cities Leg)
March 21, 1997 New Haven, Connecticut United States New Haven Coliseum Powerman 5000
March 22, 1997 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center
March 23, 1997 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
March 25, 1997 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center
March 27, 1997 Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling Civic Center
March 28, 1997 Hamilton, Ontario Canada Copps Coliseum Glueleg
March 29, 1997 University Park, Pennsylvania United States Bryce Jordan Center Powerman 5000
March 31, 1997 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center
April 1, 1997 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Civic Center
April 2, 1997 Richmond, Virginia Richmond Coliseum
April 4, 1997 Chapel Hill, North Carolina Dean Smith Center
April 5, 1997 Columbus, Georgia Columbus Civic Center
April 6, 1997 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Arena
April 8, 1997 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Municipal Stadium D Generation
April 9, 1997 Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
April 10, 1997 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena Outhouse
April 12, 1997 Toledo, Ohio John F. Savage Hall
April 13, 1997 Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center
April 15, 1997 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center
April 16, 1997 Topeka, Kansas Landon Arena
April 18, 1997 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Arena
April 19, 1997 Ames, Iowa Hilton Coliseum
April 20, 1997 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
April 22, 1997 Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Civic Center
April 23, 1997 Madison, Wisconsin Dane County Expo Coliseum
April 25, 1997 Mankato, Minnesota Mankato Civic Center
April 26, 1997 Fargo, North Dakota Fargodome
April 27, 1997 Bismarck, North Dakota Bismarck Civic Center
April 29, 1997 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Arena Econoline Crush
April 30, 1997
May 1, 1997 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Place
May 2, 1997 Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Coliseum
May 3, 1997 Calgary, Alberta Canadian Airlines Saddledome
May 5, 1997 Seattle, Washington United States KeyArena Sugar Ray
May 6, 1997 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada General Motors Place Econoline Crush
Europe (Once Wasn't Enough Tour)
May 16, 1997 Nürburgring Germany Rock am Ring Die Ärzte, LĪVE, Neneh Cherry, Silverchair, Corrosion of Conformity, Reef
May 18, 1997 Nuremberg Rock im Park Die Ärzte, LĪVE, Neneh Cherry, Silverchair, Corrosion of Conformity, Reef, The Mutton Birds
May 21, 1997 Berlin Waldbühne Otto Waalkes
May 22, 1997 Leipzig Messehalle Die Ärzte
May 24, 1997 Hamburg Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld
May 29, 1997 Wels Austria Messegelände Moonspell, Naked Lunch, Alkbottle, Sextiger
May 31, 1997 Imst Skiarena Imst
June 1, 1997 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion Sideburn
June 4, 1997 Belgrade Yugoslavia Sajam Hall 1 Die Ärzte, Moonspell
June 5, 1997 Budapest Hungary Petőfi Csarnok Warpigs, Irigy Hónaljmirigy
June 7, 1997 Prague Czech Republic Stadion Juliska Waltari, Stage, Žlutý pes, Satisfucktion
June 10, 1997 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo Arena Uncle Meat
June 11, 1997 Utrecht Netherlands Prins Van Oranjehal Channel Zero
June 14, 1997 Stockholm Sweden Stockholms Stadion The Hellacopters, Fungus
June 15, 1997
June 17, 1997 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena The Hellacopters
June 19, 1997 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
June 21, 1997 Copenhagen Denmark Valby Idrætspark Passion Orange, The Straws
June 25, 1997 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes El Fantastico Hombre Bala
June 26, 1997 Zaragoza Plaza de Toros de Zaragoza
June 30, 1997 Barcelona Palau dels Esports de Barcelona
July 2, 1997 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena Core22
July 5, 1997 London England Finsbury Park Rage Against the Machine, Skunk Anansie, Thunder, L7

Postponed/cancelled dates[edit]

Date City Venue Reasoning
September 4, 1996 Boise, Idaho BSU Pavilion Cancelled to appear on the MTV Video Music Awards.
November 28, 1996 Madrid, Spain Palacio de los Deportes Cancelled due to the French Road Transport Strike
November 29, 1996 Zaragoza, Spain Sala Multiusos
January 28, 1997 Yokohama, Japan Yokohama Arena Cancelled due to low ticket sales
May 7, 1997 Yakima, WA Yakima SunDome Cancelled due to needing more rehearsal time for the European tour
May 9, 1997 Reno, Nevada Lawlor Events Center
May 10, 1997 San Francisco, California Cow Palace
May 26, 1997 Warsaw, Poland Stadion Gwardia Cancelled due to low ticket sales
June 28, 1997 Lisbon, Portugal Estadio Nacional


  1. ^ (2019). End of the Road World Tour Program, p. 29.
  2. ^ "KISS Concert History Online – Decades on Tour Detailed". Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "KISS Concert History Online – Decades on Tour Detailed: 1996". Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "KISS Concert History Online – Decades on Tour Detailed: 1997". Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "KISS TOURDATES Alive Worldwide 1996–97".
  6. ^ "Search for setlists: tour:(Alive/Worldwide) |". Retrieved August 20, 2019.


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