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Hotter Than Hell Tour - 1974 - '75

Start Date: October 17, 1974

End Date: February 22, 1975

Shows: 53 

Countries:  Canada, USA 

Headlining Acts: Black Oak Arkansas. Dr. John, Foghat, Golden Earring,  Jo Jo Gunne, Quicksilver Messenger Service, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Wishbone Ash, ZZ Top.

Opening Acts: Arosa, Ballin' Jack, Camel, Cannonball, Clowns, Cockney Rebel, Easy Stream, Eddie Boy Band, Eli, Fancy, Fantasy, Heartsfield, Hickock, Hydra, If, James Montgomery Band, Joe, John Hammond, Kenny Kramer, Man, Mercury, Mike Quatro, Neil Merryweather & Space Rangers, Pezband, Point Blank, Raspberries, The Road Crew, Rockets, Rush, The Sam Hurrie Band, Scream, Skyhook, Smokehouse, Stampeders, Stone Wall, T. Rex, Third Rail, Tongue, Trapeze, UFO, Yesterday & Today.

Average Attendance: 3,936

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


Initially called The Harder They Come, the Hotter Than Hell album was recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles between August 16 and September 1974 for a mere $15,511,92. On the second day of recording Paul's Flying V got stolen. The owner of the studio felt very bad for Paul and Paul was allowed to order a new one on the owners expense.
For the first time the band got a TV Ad for their newest album, Hotter Than Hell. The Hotter Than Hell Tour  was almost identical to the KISS Tour with the same costumes and stage effects, even though Ace added a bottle rocket/confetti/serpentine shooting type device to back of his guitar neck.
The band had no TV appearances at all during the Hotter Than Hell Tour (expect for the TV ad for Hotter Than Hell ). But worth of mouth started to make KISS a band to watch among concert goers.

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 Special Shows / Happenings:
-  National Guard Armory, Springfield, IL, December 30, 1974 -
 Moose, Peter's drum tech nearly lost a hand when scraping off flash powder residue off the connectors from the copper tubes that were Peter's sparkling drumsticks when it suddenly exploded in his hand.
-  Winterland, San Francisco, CA, January 31, 1975 -
Bill Graham Presents used the in house system to record the entire show, making it the only full professionally recorded show from the Hotter Than Hell Tour.

 The Creem Magazine photo shoot, the only time ever in the 70's where they posed without makeup!
Stage props:

- Fake Marshall Amps amongst real amps
- Firehouse fire engine lights

- Chain linked drum riser
- Sparkling drumsticks
- Blood spitting
- Fire breathing
- 7 candles candelabra
- Spiderweb background
- 164 Light bulb KISS logo
- Smoking guitar
- Flamethrowers
- Smoke
- Bombs
- Launching device on Ace's guitar


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