Hot in the Shade Tour

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Hot in the Shade Tour
Tour by Kiss
Associated albumHot In The Shade
Start dateMay 4, 1990
End dateNovember 9, 1990
No. of shows123 played, 5 cancelled
Kiss concert chronology

The Hot in the Shade Tour (also dubbed the H.I.T.S. Tour) was a concert tour by Kiss. It was the last tour with drummer Eric Carr, who died of cancer on November 24, 1991. It was the first Kiss tour since the Asylum Tour to stay inside of North America.

One notable event on this tour occurred on August 26, 1990 while Kiss was performing at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas. During the show, the enormous stage set overloaded the arena's power supply, causing a transformer to explode outside the building and cutting electricity inside the arena. This abruptly ended the show prematurely. A short time later, Paul Stanley phoned a local radio station and promised to return to Salina to make up for the shortened show. The phone call was recorded and played on the air. Despite this, Kiss has not since performed in Salina. Slaughter was the opening act for most of the shows on the US leg of the tour. Slaughter, Little Caesar, Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger and Winger were the opening bands. This is the only Kiss tour where Gene Simmons did not perform his fire-breathing routine.

The June 15 show in Toronto also featured Whitesnake, who headlined the entire show with Kiss, Slaughter and Faster Pussycat. Paul Stanley and David Coverdale exchanged barbs on stage, stemming from Whitesnake not allowing Kiss to bring their full complement of pyrotechnics on stage with them. After Kiss finished their set and Whitesnake came on. The stadium crowd left in droves. On October 10, in War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Paul Stanley ran into the guardrail on stage and cracked his ribs, which caused the cancellation of the Sydney, Halifax and Moncton dates later in the month.[1]

Stage setup[edit]

The stage was dominated by a large sphinx nicknamed Leon, mirroring the cover of Hot in the Shade. As the houselights dimmed, a humming sound would be heard from the speakers, while Leon opened his mouth and let hundreds of thin laser beams out. The laser curtain concept had originally been developed for the Dynasty Tour, but it had not worked properly and was discarded after the first show of that tour.

As Leon's mouth opened fully, Kiss would be revealed standing in silhouette, in the midst of laser beams. There was no "You wanted the best, you got the best" introduction on this tour; Kiss would emerge from directly beneath the Sphinx to dramatic entrance music, walk down onto the stage and open the show with "I Stole Your Love" and a fireworks display. However, for the first few shows of the tour in Texas, Stanley would say "What do you say we kick some ass?!" before launching into the opening song. This intro was dropped by the Kansas City, Kansas show.

Leon would open his eyes and mouth and "sing" the final verse of "God Of Thunder". This effect was accomplished by offstage keyboardist Gary Corbett singing the part through a synthesizer and the voice being represented within Leon's mouth by an large oscilloscope.

The sphinx would disintegrate during the extended outro ending of "Detroit Rock City," marking the end of the main set. The band would return to the stage for encores playing "I Want You." Upon band entry following the song intro, a reconstruction of the classic Kiss stage logo would rise behind Eric Carr's drum kit where the sphinx previously sat. Later shows would accent the sign's arrival with explosions.

All of the laser effects and sequences were designed by Steve Jander and his Dallas-based Showlasers Inc. Showlasers would continue to provide laser effects for Kiss through the Kiss My Ass Tour in 1994. The set featured many songs from the band's 1970's heyday that hadn't been performed in years


"Betrayed" was played twice on the tour, "Little Caesar" was played once on the tour and "Under The Gun" was played early on the tour then was replaced by "I Was Made for Lovin' You"

  • "C'mon and Love Me" and "Hell or High Water" were played at the beginning of the tour before being abandoned


  • Average Attendance (6600)

Tour dates[edit]


Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
Pre-tour shows
March 11, 1990 Galveston, Texas United States West Beach Pocket Park Downtown Bruno
April 14, 1990 Asbury Park, New Jersey The Stone Pony Saraya, The Good Rats, Joe Lynn Turner, The Red & The Black
April 25, 1990 Reseda, California Reseda Country Club Shake City
Main Arena Tour
May 4, 1990 Lubbock, Texas United States Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Slaughter, Faster Pussycat
May 5, 1990 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheatre
May 6, 1990 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
May 8, 1990 Tulsa, Oklahoma Expo Square Pavilion
May 9, 1990 Valley Center, Kansas Kansas Coliseum
May 10, 1990 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
May 11, 1990 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Arena
May 12, 1990 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheatre
May 15, 1990 Saginaw, Michigan Wendler Arena
May 17, 1990 Terre Haute, Indiana Hulman Center
May 18, 1990 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 19, 1990 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Sports Arena
May 20, 1990 Fort Wayne, Indiana War Memorial Coliseum
May 22, 1990 Cape Girardeau, Missouri Show Me Center
May 23, 1990 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
May 25, 1990 Bloomington, Minnesota Met Center
May 26, 1990 Fargo, North Dakota Red River Valley Speedway
May 27, 1990 Duluth, Minnesota Duluth Arena
May 28, 1990 Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena
May 30, 1990 Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center
May 31, 1990 Evansville, Indiana Mesker Amphitheatre
June 1, 1990 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium
June 2, 1990 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium
June 3, 1990 Tinley Park, Illinois New World Music Theatre
June 6, 1990 Columbus, Ohio Battelle Hall Slaughter, Little Caesar
June 7, 1990 Trotwood, Ohio Hara Arena
June 8, 1990 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Center
June 9, 1990 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
June 12, 1990 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens
June 13, 1990 Muskegon, Michigan L. C. Walker Arena
June 15, 1990 Toronto, Ontario Canada CNE Grandstand Whitesnake (Co-headliner), Slaughter, Faster Pussycat
June 16, 1990 Weedsport, New York United States Cayuga County Fair Speedway Slaughter, Little Caesar
June 17, 1990 Middletown, New York Orange County Fair Speedway
June 20, 1990 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
June 21, 1990 Rochester, New York Rochester Community War Memorial
June 22, 1990 Binghamton, New York Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
June 23, 1990 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater
June 26, 1990 Philadelphia The Spectrum
June 27, 1990 Allentown, Pennsylvania Great Allentown Fair
June 28, 1990 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 29, 1990 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods Performing Arts Center
June 30, 1990 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena
July 3, 1990 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center
July 6, 1990 Old Orchard Beach, Maine Seashore Performing Arts Center
July 7, 1990 Albany, New York Knickerbocker Arena
July 8, 1990 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania City Island
July 10, 1990 Fairfax, Virginia Patriot Center Slaughter, Danger Danger
July 11, 1990 Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke Civic Center
July 12, 1990 Richmond, Virginia Richmond Coliseum
July 13, 1990 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope
July 18, 1990 Johnson City, Tennessee Freedom Hall Civic Center
July 19, 1990 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Coliseum
July 20, 1990 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 21, 1990 Nashville, Tennessee Starwood Amphitheatre
July 24, 1990 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
July 25, 1990 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
July 26, 1990 Greenville, South Carolina Greenville Memorial Auditorium
July 27, 1990 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
July 28, 1990 Fayetteville, North Carolina Cumberland County Memorial Arena
July 31, 1990 Savannah, Georgia Savannah Civic Center
August 1, 1990 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum
August 2, 1990 Orlando, Florida Orlando Arena
August 3, 1990 Miami, Florida Miami Arena
August 4, 1990 Tampa, Florida USF Sun Dome
August 7, 1990 Pelham, Alabama Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
August 8, 1990 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
August 16, 1990 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Civic Center Slaughter, Winger
August 17, 1990 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Coliseum
August 18, 1990 Shreveport, Louisiana Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
August 19, 1990 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
August 21, 1990 Houston, Texas The Summit
August 22, 1990 San Antonio, Texas Freeman Coliseum
August 24, 1990 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
August 25, 1990 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center
August 26, 1990 Salina, Kansas Bicentennial Center
August 28, 1990 Rapid City, South Dakota Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
August 29, 1990 Billings, Montana MetraPark Arena
August 31, 1990 Morrison, Colorado Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 1, 1990 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
September 3, 1990 Boise, Idaho BSU Pavilion
September 6, 1990 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum
September 7, 1990 Seattle, Washington United States Seattle Center Coliseum
September 8, 1990 Spokane, Washington Spokane Coliseum
September 9, 1990 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
September 12, 1990 Sacramento, California California Exposition & State Fair
September 13, 1990 Concord, California Concord Pavilion
September 14, 1990 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
September 15, 1990 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
September 16, 1990 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
September 19, 1990 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum Slaughter, Winger, Vixen
September 20, 1990 Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum
September 21, 1990 Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth Convention Center
September 22, 1990 Amarillo, Texas Amarillo Civic Center
September 24, 1990 Springfield, Missouri Hammons Student Center
September 25, 1990 Columbia, Missouri Hearnes Center
September 26, 1990 Lincoln, Nebraska Pershing Auditorium
September 28, 1990 Carbondale, Illinois SIU Arena
September 29, 1990 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre Slaughter, Winger
September 30, 1990 Dubuque, Iowa Five Flags Center
October 2, 1990 Bismarck, North Dakota Bismarck Civic Center
October 4, 1990 Marquette, Michigan Lakeview Arena
October 5, 1990 Rochester, Minnesota Mayo Civic Center
October 6, 1990 Topeka, Kansas Landon Arena
October 7, 1990 Sioux City, Iowa Sioux City Municipal Auditorium
October 10, 1990 Johnstown, Pennsylvania Cambria County War Memorial Arena
October 12, 1990 Hamilton, Ontario Canada Copps Coliseum
October 13, 1990 London, Ontario London Gardens
October 14, 1990 Auburn Hills, Michigan United States The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 15, 1990 Kalamazoo, Michigan Wings Stadium
October 16, 1990 Erie, Pennsylvania Erie Civic Center
October 18, 1990 Ottawa, Ontario Canada Ottawa Civic Centre
October 19, 1990 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
October 25, 1990 Portland, Maine United States Cumberland County Civic Center
October 26, 1990 Worcester, Massachusetts The Centrum
October 27, 1990 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
October 30, 1990 Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling Civic Center
November 1, 1990 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center
November 2, 1990 Augusta, Georgia Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center
November 3, 1990 Albany, Georgia Albany Civic Center
November 6, 1990 Columbus, Georgia Columbus Municipal Auditorium
November 7, 1990 Asheville, North Carolina Asheville Civic Center
November 8, 1990 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Arena
November 9, 1990 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden

Cancelled Dates[edit]

Date City Venue Reason Given
July 5, 1990 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum Injuries suffered to Paul Stanley
July 14, 1990 Mexico City, Mexico Palacio De Los Deportes
July 15, 1990 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
October 21, 1990 Sydney, Nova Scotia Centre 200
October 22, 1990 Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre
October 23, 1990 Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum
October 28, 1990 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
October 31, 1990 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena


  1. ^ KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History s. 193
  2. ^ KISS TOURDATES Hot in the shade 1990