Dynasty Tour

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Dynasty Tour
Tour by Kiss
Associated albumDynasty
Start dateJune 15, 1979
End dateDecember 16, 1979
No. of shows82 played, 8 cancelled
Kiss concert chronology

The Dynasty Tour was a concert tour by the rock band Kiss. It was their first tour since the Alive II Tour ended on April 2, 1978 in Japan.

The Dynasty Tour, also known as "The Return of Kiss", was the first tour to feature the famous flying stunt by Gene Simmons. This was also the first tour to feature Ace Frehley's "lighted guitar" and his rocket-shooting guitar, where after his smoke-spewing guitar solo, the still-smoking guitar would float up. As it was floating upward, he would appear with another guitar, aim the neck at the floating guitar, shoot the rockets, and blow it up. A trick was designed for Paul Stanley that involved him putting on a headset and shooting a laser out of his left eye to mock the effect seen in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park the year before. After several runthroughs, both Stanley and manager Bill Aucoin nixed the idea, citing the danger involved.

The tour, dubbed "The Return Of Kiss", also saw a decline in audience. Additional dates at the Pontiac Silverdome were cancelled. Reviews and recordings have confirmed the tour was also of poor musical quality. This was the last tour with Peter Criss on drums until 1996. He would later admit he would intentionally stop playing during shows just to upset the rest of the band.

This tour is also famous for being the only tour to feature songs from all four members solo albums. Simmons performed "Radioactive", Criss performed "Tossin' and Turnin'", Frehley performed "New York Groove", and Stanley performed "Move On". Simmons' and Criss' songs were replaced with more familiar songs early in the tour. Criss' song "Dirty Livin" was reportedly rehearsed, but never performed.

Frehley stated in various interviews that Kiss was becoming a youth-oriented band. It was because kids were showing up dressed in costume and make-up for their shows along with their parents. As a result, many teenage fans felt alienated and were turned off by the band.

Tour setlist[edit]

  1. "King of the Night Time World"
  2. "Let Me Go Rock 'n' Roll"
  3. "Move On"
  4. "Calling Dr. Love"
  5. "Firehouse"
  6. "New York Groove" (lighted guitar)
  7. "I Was Made for Lovin' You"
  8. "Love Gun"
  9. "2,000 Man" (Ace Frehley Guitar-Solo, smoking guitar, flying guitar, rocket shooting guitar)
  10. "Christine Sixteen"
  11. "God of Thunder" (Gene Simmons Bass-Solo, Bloodspitting and Flying-Stunt, Peter Criss Drum-Solo)
  12. "Shout It Out Loud"
  13. "Black Diamond"
  14. "Detroit Rock City"
  15. "Beth"
  16. "Rock and Roll All Nite"

"Radioactive" and "Tossin' and Turnin'" were played at a few shows during the tour and "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" and "Christine Sixteen" were put in their places.


  • Average Attendance (10,600)

Tour dates[edit]


Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
June 15, 1979 Lakeland, Florida United States Lakeland Civic Center Nantucket
June 17, 1979 Pembroke Pines, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium
June 19, 1979 Savannah, Georgia Savannah Civic Center The Sweet
June 22, 1979 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum Whiteface
June 24, 1979 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum Nantucket
June 26, 1979 Greenville, South Carolina Greenville Memorial Auditorium
June 28, 1979 Asheville, North Carolina Asheville Civic Center
June 30, 1979 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Coliseum New England
July 3, 1979 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Nantucket
July 5, 1979 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum New England
July 7, 1979 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
July 8, 1979
July 10, 1979 Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke Civic Center
July 13, 1979 Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome Cheap Trick, New England
July 16, 1979 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena New England
July 18, 1979 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
July 19, 1979
July 21, 1979 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena
July 24, 1979 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
July 25, 1979
July 28, 1979 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center
July 31, 1979 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
August 1, 1979
August 4, 1979 Toronto, Ontario Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
August 6, 1979 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
August 8, 1979 Buffalo, New York United States Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
August 10, 1979 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena The Michael Stanley Band
August 12, 1979 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum New England
August 14, 1979 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium
August 16, 1979 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Coliseum
August 18, 1979 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Riverside Centroplex Arena
August 20, 1979 Mobile, Alabama Mobile Municipal Auditorium Eli
September 1, 1979 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Judas Priest
September 3, 1979 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
September 5, 1979 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center
September 7, 1979 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
September 10, 1979 Huntington, West Virginia Huntington Civic Center
September 12, 1979 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Coliseum
September 14, 1979 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverfront Coliseum
September 16, 1979 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall
September 18, 1979 Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Wayne Coliseum
September 20, 1979 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Municipal Stadium
September 22, 1979 Chicago, Illinois International Amphitheatre
September 24, 1979 Milwaukee, Wisconsin MECCA Arena
September 26, 1979 Madison, Wisconsin Dane County Expo Coliseum
September 28, 1979 Bloomington, Minnesota Metropolitan Sports Center
September 30, 1979 Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
October 2, 1979 St. Louis, Missouri The Checkerdome John Cougar & The Zone
October 4, 1979 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium
October 6, 1979 Duluth, Minnesota Duluth Arena Auditorium
October 8, 1979 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
October 10, 1979 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
October 12, 1979 Valley Center, Kansas Britt Brown Arena
October 14, 1979 Pine Bluff, Arkansas Pine Bluff Convention Center
October 17, 1979 Norman, Oklahoma Lloyd Noble Center Breathless
October 19, 1979 San Antonio, Texas HemisFair Arena
October 21, 1979 Houston, Texas The Summit John Cougar & The Zone
October 23, 1979 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center Breathless
October 27, 1979 Abilene, Texas Taylor County Expo Center Breathless
October 29, 1979 Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Assembly Center
October 31, 1979 Lubbock, Texas Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
November 2, 1979 Midland, Texas Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
November 4, 1979 Denver, Colorado McNichols Sports Arena
November 6, 1979 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center
November 7, 1979 Inglewood, California The Forum
November 10, 1979 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 19, 1979 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum Loverboy
November 21, 1979 Seattle, Washington United States Seattle Center Coliseum The Rockets
November 25, 1979 Daly City, California Cow Palace
November 27, 1979 Fresno, California Selland Arena
November 29, 1979 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
December 1, 1979 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
December 3, 1979 Amarillo, Texas Amarillo Civic Center
December 6, 1979 Lake Charles, Louisiana Lake Charles Civic Center
December 8, 1979 Shreveport, Louisiana Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
December 10, 1979 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Coliseum
December 12, 1979 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
December 14, 1979 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Civic Center
December 16, 1979 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Sports Arena

Cancelled dates[edit]

Date City Venue Reason
June 14, 1979 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center More rehearsal time
June 20, 1979 Savannah, Georgia Savannah Civic Center Low ticket sales
July 1, 1979 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Low ticket sales
July 14, 1979 Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome Temp Hold Date
July 22, 1979 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena Low ticket sales
July 27, 1979 New York City Madison Square Garden Temp Hold Date / rerouting of tour
July 28, 1979
September 29, 1979 Bloomington, Minnesota Metropolitan Sports Center Low ticket sales
November 23, 1979 Portland, Oregon Portland Memorial Coliseum Fire marshall refused to issue a permit


  1. ^ "The KISSFAQ – KISS Tourdates Archive – 1979". Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2007.
  2. ^ "KISS TOURDATES Dynasty 1979". www.kissfanshop.de. Retrieved August 2, 2019.

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