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Dressed To Kill Tour - 1975

Start Date: March 19, 1975

End Date: August 28, 1975

Shows: 71 

Countries: USA 

Headlining Acts: Black Sabbath, Golden Earring, Hunter-Ranson, Johnny Winter, Marshall Tucker Band, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Rare Earth, Uriah Heep, War, ZZ Top

Opening Acts: ASTIGAFA, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Brian Auger's Oblivion Expres, Diamond Reo, The Flock, Heavy Metal Kids, Hydra,  James Gang, Jo Jo Gunne, Journey, M-S Funk, Montrose, Mushroom, Nazareth, Passport, Point Blank, Pure Prairie League, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Salem Witchcraft, Skyscraper, Smokehouse, Status Quo, Stu Daye, Ted Nugent, Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes, Thin Lizzy, The Tubes, Vitale's Madman

Average Attendance: 5,973

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


A brand new album, a brand new tour! A album that would bring forth the rock and roll anthem, Rock And Roll All Nite . In early March 1975 in the SIR Studios in Manhattan tour rehearsals were held.
 
KISS blew the roof off the joint on their third TV appearance on the Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special and recorded a promo video for their upcoming live album Alive!
 
Most interesting about the Dressed To Kill Tour is the fact that money was almost none existent, Bill Aucoin, their manager and his accountant Alan Cohen had to support the tour with their American Express Cards.



 
   
  
  
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  Special Shows / Happenings:
 
-  NBC Studios, California, April 1  1975 -
 This gig was the taping of the Midnight Special, They performed Deuce, C'mon And Love Me, She (with Ace Frehley guitar solo), and Black Diamond, for some reason C'mon And Love Me  was never aired. Even though they blew the roof off the joint Gene was asked not to stick out his tongue and they where not even allowed to touch each others knees during any choreographed moves. Peter smashed his kit to pieces in the end of the set, it was a brand new set from Pearl they got just for this appearance, why he did it never became clear.
 
-  G. W Lisner Auditorium, April 6, 1975 -
This was a benefit performance for the Hillcrest Children's Medical Center at the George Washington University.
 
-  Charlotte Park Center Auditorium, Washington D.C., April 25, 1975 -
A fan on his way to the KISS show in Charlotte got killed in a car accident. This event provided the back story for the narrative for their future concert staple, Detroit Rock City.
 
- Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, May 11, 1975 -
Last appearance of the KISS/Hotter Than Hell tour outfits, the days between May 11 and May 16 were used for fitting costumes, filming professional footage of the band, doing a photo session, and rehearsing the new stage show. New York designer Moonstone designed the new costumes and constructed them from design sketches for $1,000 a piece. KISS ordered three costumes for each member in case one got damaged or even stolen.
 
- Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, May 16, 1975 -
The first show that was recorded for their upcoming Alive! album. Live footage was projected onto a screen above the stage. The band opened the show with Rock Bottom, the intro of Rock Bottom was heard when the band walked to the stage.
 
- Cleveland, Ohio, ,June 21, 1975 -
The second show recorded for the Alive! album.
 
- Davenport, Iowa, July 20, 1975 ( two shows) -
Both shows were recorded for Alive!, Gene yelled, "C'mon Quad City!" during Let Me Go Rock & Roll, the only direct reference to a city on the recording.
 
Wildwood, NJ, July 23, 1975
The fifth and final show recorded for Alive!
 
 
  KISS at Cobo Hall on May 16, 1975, the first show to be recorded for Alive!
 
Stage props:

- Fire engine lights
- Hydraulic Drum riser
- Confetti storm
- Blood spitting
- Fire breathing
- 7 candles candelabra
- 164 Light bulb Logo
- Smoking guitar
- Disco balls
- Confetti storm
- Flamethrowers
- Smoke
- Bombs
- launching device on Ace's guitar
- Paul smashing guitar

 

- Hotter Than Hell Tour -  KISS & Tour   -   Alive! Tour -