Animalize World Tour

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Animalize World Tour
Tour by Kiss
Animalize World Tour Promo Poster.jpg
Associated albumAnimalize
Start dateSeptember 30, 1984
End dateMarch 29, 1985
No. of shows119 played 1 canceled
Kiss concert chronology

The Animalize World Tour was a concert tour by American band Kiss in support of their Animalize album.

It was divided into two halves: the European leg and the U.S. leg, with two very different shows and stage sets. The European staging was essentially the Unmasked Tour stage, decorated to resemble the Animalize album cover (amps painted with leopard spots and tiger stripes). One short-lived prop saw two growling panthers covering Eric Carr's bass drums.

When Animalize became a surprise hit in America, a much larger stage set was designed for the American leg of the tour by Tait Towers.

The shows would start much in the same manner as the Dynasty show, with the band being lifted onto the stage by a lift behind the drum riser. Sound effects of a large airplane landing would be played over the speakers while the band was coming up, and after the famous "You Wanted The Best" intro the band would launch into "Detroit Rock City". This was the first tour with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar, replacing Mark St. John who couldn't play due to his arthritic condition. Originally Kulick was a temporary replacement, but St. John's condition did not improve, and Kulick was named an official member on December 8, 1984. Bon Jovi was the opening act on the European leg, with Queensrÿche, W.A.S.P., Krokus and Dokken opening shows in North America.[1]

The Animalize period was the band's most successful of the decade with the crossover success of "Heaven's on Fire" onto CHR/Top 40 radio, a very well-attended concert trek, and with Animalize selling nearly 2 million copies by the end of the tour.

Tour notes[edit]

  • "I've Had Enough (Into The Fire)", "Get All You Can Take" and "Burn Bitch Burn" were all performed at the opening show in Brighton, England. "Get All You Can Take" would never be performed live again, while "I've Had Enough (Into The Fire)" would continue to make sporadic appearances through the November 18 show in Buffalo. "Burn Bitch Burn" would be performed only once, being played on opening night.
  • Eric Carr would handle lead vocals on "Young and Wasted" at all shows. In a 1989 interview just prior to the release of Hot in the Shade, Carr was quoted as saying that the Animalize Tour was his favorite with Kiss.
  • Mark St. John only performed three live shows (a grand total of two and a half concerts) with KISS, at the end of November. At the first live concert, in Baltimore, on November 27, 1984, Mark came on the stage replacing Bruce Kulick before "Under the Gun". However, Bruce replaced Mark after a few songs and played until the end of the show. In the following two concerts, on November 28 and 29, 1984, Mark performed full live shows with group.
  • Mark St. John made his final appearance with Kiss at the December 7 show in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During a meeting in Fort Wayne later that night, St. John was fired and Bruce Kulick was named the band's new guitarist.
  • Footage from the December 8 show in Detroit was used for an episode of MTV's Saturday Night Concerts series. A more complete, but still heavily edited (and overdubbed) version of the show would be released by RCA/MusicVision as Kiss: Animalize Live Uncensored in April. This show was also broadcast live in its entirety on a local FM radio station. Furthermore, "Heaven's on Fire" from this concert was included on the 1985 Hear N'Aid charity LP.
  • Footage for the "Thrills in the Night" music video was shot at the December 14 & 15 shows in Cleveland and Louisville.
  • Tragedy hit on the January 3, 1985 show in Greenville, South Carolina when their rigger John Addington fell to his death during the changeover between openers Krokus and Kiss.
  • A rare snowstorm nearly canceled the February 1 show in Waco, Texas. The decision to proceed with the concert was literally made minutes before show time.

European setlist[edit]

North American setlist[edit]

  • "Detroit Rock City"
  • "Cold Gin"
  • "Creatures of the Night"
  • "Fits Like a Glove"
  • "Heaven's on Fire"
  • "Thrills In The Night"
  • "Under the Gun"
  • "War Machine"
  • "Young and Wasted"
  • "I Love It Loud"
  • "I Still Love You"
  • "Love Gun"
  • "Lick It Up"
  • "Black Diamond"
  • "Rock and Roll All Nite"
  • A few bars of "Strutter" were performed at the 3/28/85 show in Springfield, Massachusetts.


  • Average Attendance (6200)

Tour dates[edit]

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Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
September 30, 1984 Brighton England Brighton Centre Bon Jovi
October 1, 1984 Southampton Gaumont Theatre
October 2, 1984 St Austell Cornwall Coliseum
October 4, 1984 Manchester Manchester Apollo
October 5, 1984 Glasgow Scotland Glasgow Apollo
October 6, 1984 Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
October 7, 1984 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall
October 8, 1984
October 10, 1984 Leicester De Montfort Hall
October 11, 1984 Ipswich Gaumont Theater
October 12, 1984 Stafford Bingley Hall
October 13, 1984 Leeds Queen's Hall
October 14, 1984 London Wembley Arena
October 15, 1984
October 16, 1984 Munich Germany Circus Krone
October 17, 1984 Offenbach am Main Stadthalle Offenbach
October 19, 1984 Nuremberg Hemmerleinhalle
October 21, 1984 Copenhagen Denmark Falkoner Center
October 22, 1984 Drammen Norway Drammenshallen No Opening Act
October 24, 1984 Lund Sweden Olympen
October 26, 1984 Stockholm Johanneshovs Isstadion Bon Jovi
October 27, 1984 Gothenburg Scandinavium
October 29, 1984 Hanover Germany Stadionsporthalle
October 30, 1984 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
October 31, 1984 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
November 1, 1984 Lausanne Switzerland Palais de Beaulieu
November 3, 1984 Brussels Belgium Forest National
November 4, 1984 Zwolle Netherlands IJsselhallen
November 5, 1984 Paris France Zénith de Paris
North America
November 15, 1984 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania United States Stabler Arena Queensrÿche
November 16, 1984 Glens Falls, New York Glens Falls Civic Center
November 17, 1984 Rochester, New York Rochester Community War Memorial
November 18, 1984 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
November 20, 1984 Syracuse, New York Onondaga County War Memorial
November 23, 1984 Worcester, Massachusetts The Centrum
November 24, 1984 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
November 25, 1984 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
November 26, 1984 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 27, 1984 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Civic Center
November 28, 1984 Poughkeepsie, New York Mid-Hudson Civic Center
November 29, 1984 Binghamton, New York Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
December 2, 1984 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
December 4, 1984 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium
December 5, 1984 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Municipal Stadium
December 6, 1984 Terre Haute, Indiana Hulman Center
December 7, 1984 Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
December 8, 1984 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Arena
December 11, 1984 Saginaw, Michigan Saginaw Civic Center
December 12, 1984 Columbus, Ohio Battelle Hall
December 13, 1984 Dayton, Ohio Hara Arena
December 14, 1984 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
December 15, 1984 Louisville, Kentucky Commonwealth Convention Center
December 17, 1984 Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center
December 18, 1984 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
December 26, 1984 Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
December 27, 1984 Lincoln, Nebraska Pershing Auditorium
December 29, 1984 Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Civic Center
December 30, 1984 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mecca Arena
January 3, 1985 Greenville, South Carolina Greenville Memorial Auditorium Krokus
January 4, 1985 Johnson City, Tennessee Freedom Hall Civic Center
January 5, 1985 Fayetteville, North Carolina Cumberland County Memorial Arena
January 6, 1985 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
January 8, 1985 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Coliseum
January 9, 1985 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Coliseum
January 10, 1985 Orlando, Florida Orlando Sports Stadium
January 11, 1985 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sunrise Musical Theater
January 12, 1985
January 13, 1985 St. Petersburg, Florida Bayfront Center
January 15, 1985 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena
January 16, 1985 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
January 17, 1985 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Civic Center
January 18, 1985 Birmingham, Alabama Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
January 19, 1985 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium
January 21, 1985 Pensacola, Florida Pensacola Civic Center
January 22, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
January 24, 1985 Lubbock, Texas Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Queensrÿche
January 25, 1985 Abilene, Texas Taylor County Expo Center
January 26, 1985 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
January 27, 1985 Corpus Christi, Texas Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
January 29, 1985 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
January 30, 1985 San Antonio HemisFair Arena
January 31, 1985 Houston, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum
February 1, 1985 Waco, Texas Waco Convention Center
February 3, 1985 Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum
February 4, 1985 Beaumont, Texas Montagne Center
February 5, 1985 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum
February 6, 1985 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 7, 1985 Las Vegas Aladdin Theatre
February 9, 1985 Oakland, California Kaiser Convention Center
February 11, 1985 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
February 13, 1985 Seattle Seattle Center Arena
February 14, 1985 Portland, Oregon Portland Memorial Coliseum
February 17, 1985 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
February 18, 1985
February 20, 1985 San Bernardino, California Orange Pavilion
February 21, 1985 Bakersfield, California Bakersfield Convention Center
February 22, 1985 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
February 24, 1985 Sacramento, California Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
February 26, 1985 Spokane, Washington Spokane Coliseum
February 27, 1985 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum
March 1, 1985 Edmonton, Alberta Kinsmen Field House Sentinel
March 2, 1985 Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge Sportsplex Queensrÿche
March 3, 1985 Calgary, Alberta Stampede Corral
March 7, 1985 Regina, Saskatchewan Regina Agridome Dokken
March 9, 1985 Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena
March 10, 1985 Grand Forks, North Dakota United States Ralph Engelstad Arena
March 11, 1985 Bismarck, North Dakota Bismarck Civic Center
March 13, 1985 Duluth, Minnesota Duluth Arena
March 15, 1985 La Crosse, Wisconsin La Crosse Center
March 16, 1985 Dubuque, Iowa Five Flags Center
March 17, 1985 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium
March 19, 1985 Madison, Wisconsin Dane County Expo Coliseum W.A.S.P.
March 20, 1985 Marquette, Michigan Lakeview Arena
March 22, 1985 Lansing, Michigan Lansing Civic Center
March 23, 1985 South Bend, Indiana Joyce Center
March 24, 1985 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens
March 25, 1985 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Sports Arena
March 26, 1985 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena
March 28, 1985 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center
March 29, 1985 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2008-08-30.