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Destroyer Tour: 1976

Start Date: April 11, 1976

End Date: October 1, 1976

Shows: 67 

Countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A, West Germany.

Opening Acts: .38 Special, Artful Dodger, Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Brownsville Station, Earth Quake, Ethos, Finch, Hammersmith, Hoa Bihn, J. Geils Band, Johnny & Edgar Winter, Kansas, Montrose, Moon Pie, Point Blank, Scorpions, Starz, Stray, Ted Nugent, UFO.

Average Attendance: 11,073 (Does not include 5/4/76 gig or European tour.)

Line Up: Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss


KISS went a new direction for the Destroyer tour, all the way to Europe!For the first time ever they visited, Germany, The Netherlands, France and more! Even though they were not happy with the attendance record (attendances mostly of below 5.000), it reminded them of their first tours. This was mainly the reason they would not embark on another European tour until 1980.

The American leg of the tour called The Spirit of '76 tour was allot more different than its predecessors. Glickman/Marks came in and replaced most of the original road crew and only one member, Paul Chavarria, was left of the original crew at the end of the tour. A brand new stage was designed for the Spirit Of '76  tour. It was to resemble the Destroyer album cover.

After the tour was done KISS embarked on a promotional TV appearance that made the KISS Army even bigger! Their legendary TV appearance at the 1976 Paul Lynde Halloween Special!

A model of the original Destroyer stage made by the designer, Mark Ravitz.


  Many props were designed for the Destroyer stage that were eventually dropped:

  • God Of Thunder Machine - A giant Tesla Coil that was just to heavy to set up every day and it worked only half of the time.

  • The Tentacle TreeA twisted parody of a tree. Placed upon a rotating platform on the stage right  (left on picture) and supposedly was designed to spin around at great velocity, the whip like branches whirring into a blur. Never used but seen on pictures.

  • Giant Red Stake - A giant red stake that resembled a blood soaked Washington Monument. The stake was supposedly to rise up behind Gene's Gothic 'tower' just before his bass solo...

  • Foam Rubber in front of Amps - They had foam rubber pieces representing buildings attached in front of the amps that would crumble just before the encores. It took the road crew hours to set it up and they had to clean the mess up quickly when the band came back for the encores. It eventually dropped quick.

  • Crashing Car - At the end of Detroit Rock City  they wanted a real car to crash the stage that was hoisted high above the floor, this was scrapped because it was to dangerous for the band and the audience.


The Spirit Of '76  tour saw the second KISS tour-book come alive!

 Click on the Youtube logo to watch the video on Youtube.   
 Special Shows / Happenings:
- The Americana, New York City, NY, May 1,  1976 -
 This was during Ace's wedding reception, the band grabbed the opportunity to take the stage and use the instruments of the wedding band. They played just one and a halve song and Ace's new father in law asked the band to stop. Super 8MM footage of this event appeared as a hidden bonus video on the DVD box set Kissology 1 in 2006.
- Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VI, July 8  1976 -
 During the show a fan threw a M80 firecracker on the stage that landed on Peter's drum riser and the blast nearly blew Peter off his drum stool and left him with partial hearing for the rest of the show. 
- Roosevelt Stadium. Jersey City, NJ, July 10, 1976 -
This was KISS's first headlining show in a arena. The in house crew recorded the show in black & white and appeared many years later in the bootleg scene.
- Peaches Record Store, Atlanta, GE, August 14, 1976 -
KISS made a promotional appearance at the Peaces Record Store.


 Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, August 20, 1976
KISS performs to their largest crowd in their history until than. A crowd of 42, 987 people saw the band. The in house crew taped the show and its a great quality bootleg video to have.
- Hollywood, CA, October 19/20, 1976 -
After the tour was over the band embarked on a promotional appearance at the Paul Lynde Halloween Special. They performed Detroit Rock City, King Of The Night Time World  and Beth.
KISS on the set of the Paul Lynde Halloween Special...
Stage props: 

- Fire engine lights
- Hydraulic drum riser
- Blood spitting
- Fire breathing
- KISS Logo
- Smoking & burning guitar
- Firehouse fire helmet
- Flamethrowers
- Stair cases
- Disco balls
- Confetti storm
- Giant KISS Army banners
- Bombs
- Destroyer themed stage
- 2 cat statues on drum riser
- Huge cat drum riser curtain
- Smoke
- Paul smashing guitar


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