Lick It Up World Tour

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Lick it Up World Tour
Tour by Kiss
Lick It Up World Tour Promo Poster.jpg
Associated albumLick It Up
Start dateOctober 11, 1983
End dateMarch 17, 1984
No. of shows94 played
Kiss concert chronology

The Lick it Up World Tour was a concert tour by American hard rock band Kiss, in support of their 1983 album Lick It Up. It was the first Kiss tour during which the band performed without wearing their trademark make-up. The "tank" stage design from the preceding Creatures of the Night tour was used again, keeping all the same gimmicks, with the exception of Gene Simmons' blood-spitting. The tour included the band's first European dates since the 1980 Unmasked Tour.

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

The Lick It Up tour was a challenge, at least initially, as it was the first tour we did without makeup and I had to re-calibrate from being the fire-spewing Demon with eight-inch heels to a mere mortal playing rock and roll music. But Kiss are survivors. We survived in makeup up and out of makeup; we survived all different kinds of music-thrash, disco, dance, grunge, new romance and we survive, persevere and thrive. It means we win! Kiss has always marched to the beat of their own drum.[1]

Tour notes[edit]

"All Hell's Breaking Loose" made its live debut in New Orleans on January 8, 1984. Just one day later, Kiss performed to their smallest crowd drawn in a major venue when just 1,507 filed into the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The poor sales were blamed on the close proximity of the New Orleans and Biloxi shows, which took place just one day apart. "Exciter" was performed briefly, making its first appearance on October 11, and its final known live appearance on March 7.

The January 11 show in Nashville was recorded, and an edited version aired on The King Biscuit Flower Hour. In recent years, the entire show was made available among collectors. At the January 27 show in Long Beach, Kiss were presented with their first gold records since 1980 for the Lick It Up album.

Lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent was fired after the European Tour due to "unethical behavior". Kiss did not have enough time to search for another guitarist, so they re-hired Vincent for the American Leg of the tour until his firing became permanent after the tour ended. Bass guitarist Gene Simmons stated in various interviews that Vincent's dismissal was because he never signed his contract as an official member of Kiss and for unethical behavior.

The supporting acts for this tour were Accept, Axe, Great White, Heaven, Heavy Pettin', Helix, High Fever, The Pat Travers Band, Riot, Tigres de Oro and Vandenberg.[2]

Gene Simmons' visual effects[edit]

Simmons, when interviewed in August 1983, was unsure how his live persona would apply in the forthcoming "unmasked" shows. He commented, "There's still an element of finding out exactly who we are. I may possibly give up the blood-spitting onstage... The fire-breathing I'd like to do." "God of Thunder" was replaced with "Young and Wasted" early in the tour, and the reason for this was explained in an interview following the Madrid shows. Simmons commented, "I tried 'God of Thunder'...and I thought it was wrong. Certain musical pieces should be kept for certain occasions – out of respect. 'God of Thunder' is me; I am both people; but you have to adjust certain things." While Simmons would retain his fire-breathing routine, he was unsure, at the time, whether it would last: "If that begins to feel wrong I'll drop it as well. There's always a price to pay for something."

It has been widely disputed whether Simmons spit blood for the first and only time without his trademark make-up at the tour's first show in Lisbon. Simmons has both confirmed (in 2002) and denied this claim. In 2007, a picture was put on the internet of Gene Simmons supposedly spitting blood on this tour, but it was later found to be a fraud.[3]


  1. "Creatures of the Night" (Paul Stanley, Adam Mitchell)
  2. "Detroit Rock City" (Stanley, Bob Ezrin)
  3. "Cold Gin" (Ace Frehley)
  4. "Fits Like a Glove" (Gene Simmons)
  5. "Firehouse" (Stanley)
  6. "Exciter" (Stanley, Vinnie Vincent)
  7. "Gimme More" (With Vinnie Vincent, guitar solo) (Stanley, Vincent)
  8. "War Machine" (Simmons, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance)
  9. "I Love It Loud" (With Gene Simmons, bass solo) (Simmons, Vincent)
  10. "I Still Love You" (Stanley, Vincent)
  11. "Young and Wasted" (Simmons, Vincent)
  12. "Drum solo" (Eric Carr)
  13. "Love Gun" (Stanley)
  14. "All Hell's Breaking Loose" (Stanley, Simmons, Eric Carr, Vincent)
  15. "Black Diamond" (Stanley)
  16. "Lick It Up" (Stanley, Vincent)
  17. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (Simmons, Stanley)

Tour dates[edit]


Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
October 11, 1983 Cascais Portugal Pavilhão de Cascais Helix
October 13, 1983 Madrid Spain Pabellón de Deportes del Real Madrid Helix, Tigres de Oro
October 14, 1983
October 15, 1983 San Sebastián Velódromo de Anoeta
October 16, 1983 Barcelona Palau dels Esports de Barcelona
October 18, 1983 Toulouse France Palais des Sports de Toulouse Helix
October 19, 1983 Clermont-Ferrand Maison des Sports
October 21, 1983 Leeds England Queens Hall Helix, Heavy Pettin'
October 22, 1983 Stafford Bingley Hall
October 23, 1983 London Wembley Arena
October 24, 1983 Leicester De Montfort Hall
October 25, 1983 Poole Poole Arts Center
October 27, 1983 Glasgow Scotland Glasgow Apollo
October 28, 1983 Edinburgh Edinburgh Playhouse
October 29, 1983 Newcastle-upon-Tyne England Newcastle City Hall
October 31, 1983 Paris France Espace Balard Helix
November 1, 1983 Offenbach am Main West Germany Stadthalle Offenbach
November 2, 1983 Munich Löwenbräukeller
November 3, 1983 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
November 4, 1983 Sindelfingen West Germany Messehalle
November 6, 1983 Neunkirchen am Brand Hemmerleinhalle
November 7, 1983 Linz Austria Linzer Sporthalle
November 8, 1983 Vienna Wiener Stadthalle
November 9, 1983 Graz Eisstadion Liebenau
November 10, 1983 Essen West Germany Grugahalle
November 11, 1983 Kassel Eissporthalle Kassel
November 12, 1983 Lille France Palais de la Foire
November 13, 1983 Brussels Belgium Forest National
November 15, 1983 Lausanne Switzerland Halle des Fêtes de Beaulieu
November 17, 1983 Risskov Denmark Vejlby-Risskov Hallen
November 18, 1983 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
November 19, 1983 Stockholm Johanneshovs Isstadion
November 20, 1983 Malmö Malmö Isstadion
November 21, 1983 Hillerød Denmark Frederiksborg Center
November 23, 1983 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
November 25, 1983 Oulu Oulu-halli
North America
December 26, 1983 Atlanta, Georgia United States The Omni Coliseum Axe, Pat Travers Band
December 28, 1983 Augusta, Georgia Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Axe
December 29, 1983 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center Axe, Pat Travers Band
December 30, 1983 Pembroke Pines, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium
December 31, 1983 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum
January 1, 1984 Tallahassee, Florida Leon County Civic Center Axe
January 6, 1984 Birmingham, Alabama Boutwell Memorial Auditorium Vandenberg, Riot
January 7, 1984 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
January 8, 1984 New Orleans, Louisiana Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena
January 9, 1984 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
January 10, 1984 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Coliseum
January 11, 1984 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium
January 13, 1984 Dallas, Texas Dallas Convention Center
January 14, 1984 San Antonio, Texas HemisFair Arena
January 16, 1984 Austin, Texas Palmer Auditorium
January 17, 1984 San Angelo, Texas San Angelo Coliseum
January 18, 1984 Houston, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum
January 19, 1984 Corpus Christi, Texas Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
January 21, 1984 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum
January 22, 1984 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
January 23, 1984 Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum
January 25, 1984 Denver, Colorado University of Denver Arena
January 27, 1984 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
January 28, 1984 Las Vegas, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center
January 29, 1984 Fresno, California Selland Arena
January 31, 1984 Reno, Nevada Lawlor Events Center
February 1, 1984 Berkeley, California Berkeley Community Theatre
February 2, 1984 Bakersfield, California Bakersfield Civic Auditorium
February 3, 1984 San Bernardino, California Orange Pavilion
February 5, 1984 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace
February 8, 1984 Sioux City, Iowa Sioux City Municipal Auditorium Vandenberg, High Fever
February 9, 1984 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium Vandenberg, Heaven
February 10, 1984 Milwaukee, Wisconsin MECCA Arena
February 11, 1984 Dubuque, Iowa Five Flags Center
February 12, 1984 Bloomington, Minnesota Met Center
February 14, 1984 Green Bay, Wisconsin Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena
February 15, 1984 Chicago, Illinois UIC Pavilion
February 16, 1984 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
February 17, 1984 Saginaw, Michigan Wendler Arena
February 18, 1984 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Arena
February 19, 1984 Columbus, Ohio Battelle Hall
February 21, 1984 Trotwood, Ohio Hara Arena
February 22, 1984 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
February 24, 1984 Worcester, Massachusetts Centrum in Worcester Accept
February 26, 1984 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
February 28, 1984 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Civic Center
March 1, 1984 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
March 3, 1984 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Tower Theater
March 4, 1984 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stanley Theater
March 5, 1984 Erie, Pennsylvania Erie Civic Center
March 7, 1984 Binghamton, New York Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
March 8, 1984 Poughkeepsie, New York Mid-Hudson Civic Center
March 9, 1984 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall
March 10, 1984
March 12, 1984 Quebec City, Quebec Canada Colisée de Québec
March 13, 1984 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
March 15, 1984 Toronto, Ontario Maple Leaf Gardens
March 17, 1984 Evansville, Indiana United States Roberts Municipal Stadium


  1. ^ (2019). End of the Road World Tour Program, pg. 20.
  2. ^ " – Informationen zum Thema necramonium".
  3. ^ " – News Around The Clock!".
  4. ^ "KISS TOURDATES Lick it up 1983–84".