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Hot In The Shade Tour: 1990

Start Date: March 11, 1990

End Date: November 9, 1990

Shows: 124

Countries: Canada, USA

Headlining Acts: Whitesnake

Opening Acts: Danger Danger, Downtown Bruno, Faster Pussycat, The Good Rats, Joe Lynn Turner, Little Caesar, The Red & The Black, Saraya, Shake City, Slaughter, Vixen, Winger.

Average Attendance: 6,589

Line Up: Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Gene Simmons,Eric Carr

 

For Hot In The Shade the band wanted to leave the pop sound from Crazy Nights and return more to their old roots, together with Vini Poncia (Dynasty, Unmasked). Gene started recording with Eric and with a future KISS member, Tommy Thayer, while Paul worked on his demo's together with Bruce and another future KISS member, Eric Singer! Promoters were not interested in a tour, but after "Forever" became a hit promoters changed from cold to hot and a tour was scheduled!

The stage would eventually be dominated by one guy, and he was nicknamed 'Leon The Sphinx', the same sphinx as seen on the cover of the HITS album, the Great Sphinx of Giza.This prop would play a big role during the concert, as his mouth would be used to make the band do its entrance through his mouth, his eyes would shoot fireworks, and he even would sing during God Of Thunder! (voiced by Gary Corbett, the still hidden keyboard player.)




One of the many effects used for Leon

Leon would disintegrate when the encores started and a huge metallic KISS logo would rise. The shows were full of fireworks and light effects, and a effect that could not have been realized for the Dynasty tour: lasers! It was used mostly when KISS entered the stage through Leon's mouth and during Eric's drum solo. Who were not present during the start of the tour, Eric was very disappointed about this but eventually got his wish and made one excellent drum solo containing light (the light would shine through his two kick drums) and laser effects.

The stage was designed by Robert Roth and Jim Chapman was constructed at Tait Towers. Also a mirror ball for the encores would appear above the stage and also added was a piece of drainage pipe with running water above the stage.

Eric would have his drum solo (he did not have any drum solo's at the start of the tour that he really did not like at all, for this he did not even talked to Paul for a month) like in the old KISS days during God Of Thunder, after his solo was done, Leon's mouth would open and sing the verse! This was achieved by sending the distorted vocals of Corbett's mic through the laser cannon displaying it as a oscilloscope readout on a small screen.

 

The oscilloscope effect in Leon's mouth and the big metallic KISS logo

  The tour would end with a bang at Madison Square Garden, specially for this show fireworks was placed on the ceiling of MSG, but this show was not only the last show of this tour, but also for Eric Carr, in February 1991, Eric was diagnosed with a extremely rare form of heart cancer, after surgery and aggressive treatment his cancer went into remission and his health improved. But days later Carr eventually passed away because of a brain hemorrhage... On November 24, 1991, Eric was not the only famous musician who would pass away, Freddie Mercury of Queen also passed away on that day.

 

The Hot In The Shade tour book 

 
  Click on the Youtube logo to watch the video on Youtube.
   

 
 
 Special Shows / Happenings:
 
- Galveston, Texas. March 11, 1990 -
The opening show of the tour was not the best one KISS ever had, it was more a (free) mini concert on a beach part of a promotion by a radio station, the crowd, more drunk than sober, threw debris on the stage during the entire show. There even was a wet bikini contest prior to the show.
 
- Reseda, California, April 25, 1990 -
This was the first and only show Eric performed his song "Little Caesar" and marks the second and last live performance of "Betrayed"

 
- Auburn Hills, Michigan, May 18, 1990 -
This show was professionally recorded on video by the in house crew what is to today (together with the October 14th show at Auburn Hills) the only full professionally recorded Hot In The Shade show available and the October 14th show ended up on the Kissology 2 dvd set.

- Toronto, Canada, June 15, 1990 -
The headliner, Whitesnake didn't want KISS to use their pyro, Paul, responded while on stage: "People, the headliners won't let us use our pyro, but we're going to rock your ass anyway and fuck him." David Cloverdale, front man for Whitesnake eventually put KISS down when they had to perform.
 
- Providence, Rhode Island, June 20, 1990 -
This show marks the return of "I Was Made For Lovin' You" for the first time in the US since 1979, with thanks to Larry Mazer (KISS's manager in 1990). The band refused at first to add it to the set list but Larry managed to convince them. When they started playing, the place went nuts.
 
- Springfield, Massachusetts, July 3, 1990 -
While Paul was sleeping in the back of his limousine, the car got struck by another vehicle and Paul and his driver both wound up under the dashboard following a 200 foot (70 meters) skid during which the limo knocked over a road light, crossed an embankment, and finally crashed into an iron gate. Paul had to have fourteen x-rays and the July 5 show at New Haven, Connecticut had to be postponed due to Paul's injuries.
 
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1990 -
Eric performed briefly with the opening band "Little Caesar" seeing this was their last show with KISS on the tour.
 
- Long Beach, California, September 14, 1990 -
Vibrations from the pyro knocked some tiles off the back wall during "Detroit Rock City".
Mark St. John was in attendance.
 
- Johnstown, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1990 -
Paul ran into  guardrail on stage and cracked his ribs which caused the band to cancel three shows.
 
 - Charleston, West Virginia, November 1, 1990 -
Even though Paul still had his rib injury, he still choose to play, a quote from Michael Lipton, writer for the Charleston Gazette:
"Stanley's stage movements did not appear to be hampered by his injuries, but backstage it was a different story. Four medical personnel, including two physical therapists and a chiropractor, administered heat massages and sonic treatments before the show. After the band's Grateful Dead length set, Stanley was helped into the bus."
Paul playing even with his injury during the New Haven, CT Show. 
Photo by: Andrew Allin

 
- New  York, NY, November 9, 1990 -
This show marked Eric Carr's last performance with KISS. Especially for this show,the drainage pipe set piece was erected much higher than normal and pyro packs were installed on the ceiling of the Madison Square Garden above the audience for the grand finale. Gene even brought out hidden keyboard player Gary Corbett out on the stage at the end for everyone to finally see him. The tour eventually made $1 million dollar profit.
 
KISS in action while Leon overlooks the crowd.
 
Stage props:
 

- Lasers
- Metallic KISS Logo
- Smoke
- Pre-show 'hum'
- Fireworks
- Mirror ball
- Drainage pipe prop
- Pyrotechnics
- Bombs
- Leon The Sphinx

 

 



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