Hot In The Shade Tour: 1990
End Date: November 9, 1990
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
This was the first and only show Eric performed his song "Little Caesar" and marks the second and last live performance of "Betrayed"
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.
Even though Paul still had his rib injury, he still choose to play, a quote from Michael Lipton, writer for the Charleston Gazette:
Photo by: Andrew Allin
- Metallic KISS Logo
- Pre-show 'hum'
- Mirror ball
- Drainage pipe prop
- Leon The Sphinx