1. Kiss in the clubs
  2. "Kiss" Tour
  3. "Hotter Than Hell" Tour
  4. "Dressed To Kill" Tour
  5. "Alive!" Tour
  6. "Destroyer" Tour
  7. "Rock And Roll Over" Tour
  8. "Love Gun" Tour
  9. "Alive II" Tour
  10. "Dynasty" Tour
  11. "Unmasked" Tour
  12. "Creatures Of The Night" Tour
  13. "Lick It Up" Tour
  14. "Animalize" Tour
  15. "Asylum" Tour




Section 4. While the "Dressed To Kill" tour would ultimately spawn "Alive!," it was little more than a continuation of the previous year for the band.

"Dressed To Kill" Tour




1975, March 19
The Roxy Theatre
Northampton, PA
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / Nothin' To Lose / Parasite / 100,000 Years (with drum solo) / Black Diamond / C'mon And Love Me / Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll / Cold Gin
Notes: As part of preparations for a return to touring KISS played two sets at this venue, with the second one being recorded on a SONY tape deck by a fan. The fan also met the band after the show and captured some interesting interaction with them: Peter commenting that the New York Dolls were essentially over. Performed during the show were two songs from "Dressed To Kill:" "She" and "C'mon And Love Me." The former had been present in the set dating back to the band's first show and through the "Hotter Than Hell" tour. "C'mon and Love Me" was likely receiving its debut performance, though Paul doesn't specifically allude to anything other than it being introduced as a new song in the first encore spot. Two days later the band played two sold-out sets at New York's Beacon Theatre" before the tour properly commenced in Kenosha, WI on March 27.
Quality: Reasonable AUD recording circulates though better transfer exists that doesn't.

1975, March 21
Beacon Theatre
New York City, NY
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / Nothin' To Lose / Parasite / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / C'mon And Love Me / Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Notes: A homecoming of sorts. Kiss played two sets, with Jo Jo Gunne opening, so it's not clear which set the audience recording came from. This show was the first time that Fin Costello photographed the band. He'd later shoot the "Alive" album cover. With only one song from the new album, this show is really more of a "Hotter Than Hell" era gig. Part of a local review: "The whole audience was standing on the seats for the last 45 minutes, an event even in these days of rock emotionalism... It may be overly simple and unpretentious rock, not, so much sung as shouted, but Kiss communicates a sense of fun and commitment to the music" (Ian Dove - New York Times, 3/24/75)
Quality: Generally poor AUD recording.

1975, April 1
NBC Studios
Burbank, CA
Set list: Deuce / She / Black Diamond / C'mon And Love Me
Notes: Recorded live for Burt Sugarman's "Midnight Special" television show. This appearance was one of the few promotional attempts to keep the band alive during the "Dressed To Kill" period. "She" included Ace's guitar solo. It and "Deuce" were broadcast when the show aired on July 11, 1975 (show #124). "Black Diamond," with a repeat of "Deuce," was broadcast on November 28, 1975 (show #141). "C'mon And Love Me" was never broadcast (Gooch, Suhs - KISS Alive Forever).
Quality: The video of "Black Diamond" is included in stunning color on the "Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special Legendary Performances - 1975" DVD. On the "KISSology Vol. 1" DVD the video is in black and white, though "She" is in color.

1975, April 19
Fremd High School
Palantine, IL
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / Nothin' To Lose / Room Service / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / C'mon And Love Me / Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Notes: Only the first half of the show was archived, though the taper also recorded the opening band's set (Rush) and the stage banter during the equipment change over. In italics is the possible rest of the set. In a circulating recorded conversation Paul suggests that "Room Service" was going to be performed, and the band practiced it at the show's sound-check, as well as doing a bit of a jam.
Quality: Generally poor, bass heavy, and probably in need of a new transfer from the master.

1975, May 3
Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, PA
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / Nothin' To Lose / She / Room Service / 100,000 Years
Notes: This show cuts off during Peter's solo. It's likely missing "Black Diamond" and "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll."
Quality: While there's a fair bit of background hiss on the recording the bass levels are reasonable and Paul's raps are clear. Certainly not a terrible show to listen to which would probably be better with a much lower generational copy.

1975, May 11
Orpheum Theatre
Boston, MA
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / C'mon And Love Me / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / Rock And Roll All Nite
Notes: The first audience recording to include the band's signature tune, and last show before the band started performing with their new "Alive!" costumes, stage show and set.
Quality: Not very good sound quality.

1975, May 16
Cobo Arena
Detroit, MI
Set list: ~unknown.
Notes: This show was recorded for "Alive!" though it doesn't circulate.

1975, May 31
Long Beach Arena
Long Beach, CA
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / C'mon And Love Me / Rock Bottom / Nothin' To Lose / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / Cold Gin / Rock And Roll All Nite / Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Notes: A full headlining set. This is the first known recording with the band's classic "you wanted the best" intro by JR Smalling.
Review: "Glitter rock may be starting to tarnish around the edges, but it's still a driving force in rock concerts, as Kiss proved in its weekend appearance at the Arena. Kiss also proved that a group can take something from everyone and make it work.

The four-member hard rock group used David Bowie's unisex jump suits, the Who's clouds of dry ice smoke, white-face makeup from mime and drummer Pete Criss even borrowed a little from Ringo and threw his drumsticks into the crowd. Behind all the showmanship lies a band that is still trying hard to work together and hasn't quite made it. Lead guitarist Ace Frehley spun off some solid solos and had clear lines during many numbers, such as "You've Got to Choose," and "Hotter than Hell."

Frehley was let down by the rest of the group's erratic performance. Vocalist Paul Stanley would sound good and then bad; drummer Criss was pounding hard but not always effectively. Gene Simmons, the bass player, put on a good show although he could have paid more attention to his guitar. The show, however, is what 8,000 standing, cheering, clapping people came to see Saturday night. Kiss' style was at its peak during the deafening crescendo near the end of "Hotter Than Hell."

Smoke came billowing over the stage, colored spotlights swept the audience, Simmons flicked his outrageous lizard-like tongue, police lights blinked and sirens wailed and Stanley scattered glitter over the audience. Simmons, it should be noted, followed along with the group's new image of pursuing a serious rock music style, and didn't spit up chicken blood.

As with Bowie, many of the audience came dressed in black, silver-studded clothes with white-face make-up, like the group they came to see. The James Gang, formerly headliners themselves, preceded Kiss - who couldn't have had a better warm-up act. The James Gang plays good, honest hard rock with no frills. "Walk Away," the group's sole monster single, brought in a tight mesh of great bass work, clear lead guitar line, audible vocals and a foundation beat.

The guitars especially were effective-no slurring even during the louder solos when most groups get pretty sloppy. Both James Gang and Kiss would do all right by varying their unrelenting approach to music. Even Led Zeppelin does a slow track to break things up. But as one glitter rock devotee said: "Ah, it's all been done before" (Bob Gore, Long Beach Independent, 6/2/75).
Quality: Very good.

1975, June 13
Assembly Center
Tulsa, OK
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / C'mon And Love Me / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / Cold Gin / Rock And Roll All Nite
Notes: "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll" would have been performed, but the band had to cut their set short due to curfew.
Quality: This SBD show first circulated as a lossy recording (from which silvers were pressed), but was later upgraded with a version purportedly sourced from the master reel. It's a generally excellent soundboard, though not without some issues in parts, not least lacking the show intro. There are, however, enough references to "Tulsa" throughout the recording...

1975, June 21
Music Hall
Cleveland, OH
Set list: She / C'mon And Love Me / Let Me Know / Rock And Roll All Nite.
Notes: This show was recorded for "Alive!" though it doesn't circulate in full format. Both "Let Me Know" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" were used on the King Biscuit Radio Show originally broadcast in November 1975 and mention Cleveland by name. The other two songs noted were mentioned in a review of the show.
Quality: This recording does not widely circulate.

1975, June 25
Asbury Park, NJ
Convention Hall
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Nothin' To Lose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / Rock Bottom / C'mon And Love Me / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / Cold Gin / Rock And Roll All Nite / Let Me Know.
Notes: This show is known to exist as an AUD recording but does not circulate widely.
Quality: A bit bass heavy and muffled, but reasonable for the era.

1975, July 20
RKO Orpheum Theatre
Davenport, IA
Set list: ~unknown.
Notes: Two sets performed this night were recorded for "Alive!" though neither circulate. It's known that "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll" on "Alive!" was at least partially sourced from this show due to Gene's shout out "C'mon Quad City!"

1975, July 23
Convention Center
Wildwood, NJ
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell (Intro only) / She (solo end only) / Nothin' To Lose / C'mon And Love Me / 100,000 Years / Parasite (cuts) / Cold Gin (cuts) / Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll (cuts)
Notes: Promoted by Phil Cohen and Earth Productions with Mushroom as opening act. "Hotter Than Hell," "Firehouse," and "Black Diamond" were used on the King Biscuit Radio Show originally broadcast in November 1975, but the quality of the audience recording is so poor and partial only the classic introduction to "Hotter Than Hell" can be matched up definitively: "I got this feelin' when we came flying in this afternoon it was so sunny I thought we were gonna fry alive." Still, the three songs are nearly identical to the "Alive!" album versions, albeit with a different audience track.
Quality: While not a good recording or complete, it from the last of the shows recorded for "Alive!" However, with the quality issues and drop-outs, for diehards/completists only.

1975, August 3
Civic Center - Brown Auditorium
Providence, RI
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / C'mon And Love Me / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / Cold Gin / Rock And Roll All Nite
Notes: Kiss' shortened set was a result of their opening for Black Sabbath who were touring in support of their "Sabotage" album. The show was sold out and the audience reportedly booed heartily when the band's set finished, wanting more of what they'd just experienced!
Quality: While a bit distant sounding, this AUD recording has nicely balanced levels. Paul's raps can be a bit difficult to hear, though he's very energetic. The show commonly circulates direct from the master (Maloney)recorded using a Sony TC-110A analog cassette recorder. A new source started circulating in October 2009, direct from a master (Lampinski), that had been recorded using Sony TC-152SD analog tape recorder and Sony ECM-99 stereo microphone. A nice matrix of the two sources also exists.

1975, August 23
Calderone Concert Hall
Hempstead, NY
Set list: Deuce / Strutter / Got To Choose / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / Nothin' To Lose / C'mon And Love Me / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / Cold Gin / Rock And Roll All Nite / Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Notes: One of the best shows to circulate from the late stage of the tour.
Quality: This show circulated for quite a few years before an upgrade surfaced.

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