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KISS My ASS Tour: 1994 - 1995


Start Date: April 2, 1994

End Date: February 13, 1995

Shows: 23

Countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico, U.S.A

Opening Acts: Angra, Black Sabbath, Dr. Sin, Fleetwood Mac, Gatos Sucios, Hermetica, I Mother Earth, Lita Ford, Logos, Mother Station, Open Skyz, Pat Travers Band, The Poor, Raimundos, Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Slayer, Snake Dance, Stick, Suicidal, Tendencies, Tumulto, Victimas del Dr. Cerebro, Viper

Average Attendance: unknown

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

After the Revenge tour KISS's popularity was pretty much only present at it's fan base, "arena rock" was a genre pretty much dying in the mainstream music scene, so instead of spending money to get their popularity back into the mainstream they concentrated on embracing the core of their fan base. Before KISS started touring in countries that had not seen the band in years, they first started promoting the release of Alive III, also on the same day as the release of the third Alive! album the band got inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk and pressed their hands and signatures into wet cement, Peter Criss also got inducted and Ace Frehley and Eric Carr later in 1995.

KISS wasn't completely out of the mainstream, they also still performed on TV, most known performances are at The Arsenio Hall Show
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Show. KISS always was/is a band to follow trends and cashing in on them, in 1994 they noticed that the 70's (culture) was getting a popularity boost, Gene got the idea for the KISS My Ass, Classic KISS Regrooved album after he received a tape from Larry Mazer with various popular bands performing KISS songs live. By now in 1994 the young kids in the 70's had grown up and the ones inspired by the band had their own popular bands, (Nirvana, Metallica, Slayer, Lenny Kravitz, etc...). To promote the KISS My Ass album KISS also performed live with Garth Brooks (who covered Hard Luck Woman on KISS My Ass) on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Most notable performance was Gene and Paul performing Goin' Blind semi-unplugged on MTV's Most Wanted (remember when MTV aired music).

the band during their 1993 club gig at The Foundation Forum


The stage for the band when they toured were various stages, for the shows in South America and Melbourne they used a modified Hot In The Shade stage, sometimes with or without Leon The Spinx, Also used was the US Animalize stage for Japan. Also a giant KISS logo was once again present when Leon was not present, but one that was never seen before and had lights installed, it was last seen during the 1996 reunion Press Conference at the USS Intrepid. 1993 saw club gigs with limited stage props, just the basic amps and lightning, not much pyro and fireworks were used during the big shows, most of the time this was saved up for the big finale just before Paul broke his guitar.


Paul did something completely different this time for his guitar smashing 'act' and something he has never done before since, he would get his guitar that was ready to be smashed, poor lighter fluid over the guitar, lit it with a match and swing it around and smash it! Not original seeing Jimi Hendrix already did something very similar but fun for the crowd anyways. When the band toured Australia, next to their normal big shows, they also performed acoustic shows at conventions, starting a unofficial convention tour, more on these shows in the next tour page!

Paul setting his guitar a lit with the lighter fluid at the 1994 Sao Paulo show.

Tour book for the 1995 Australian/Japanese leg of the tour

 Special Shows / Happenings:
 
- Burbank, California. September 11, 1993 -
This club gig that was part of a special 3 day convention to promote hard rock and heavy metal, the band played some obscure songs, "Goin' Blind" was performed for the first time since 1973.

- Lake Buena Vista, FL, December 12, 1993 -
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Show, KISS performed "Makin' Love" and "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Detroit Rock City" was also performed but never aired.

- Chicago, Il, April 2, 1994 -
This show marks Eric Singers official vocal debut singing "Black Diamond".

- Burbank, CA, July 13, 1994 -
Taping of the performance with Garth Brooks at The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

- Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 27, 1994 -
First of three concerts at the Monsters Of Rock festival.

- Santiago, Chile, September 1, 1994 -
Taping of the live performance at the tv show Programa Livra.

- Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 16, 1994 -
For the first time ever, the band opened the show with "100,000 Years".

- Perth, Australia, February 4, 1995 -
Each one of the members caught the flu with Gene who got hit the hardest, but at the show they did not miss a beat and they
gave a great show.

- Adelaide, Australia, February 6, 1995 -
KISS returned to Australia for the first time since their legendary visits in 1980, once again the country was in a KISS frenzy and when the band landed in Adelaide, their arrival time was leaked and 600 fans were awaiting the band at their arrival and were swarmed, something the band actually loved seeing they did not get this treatment in years and it even made the news. To this day Australia is still a big KISS loving country.

KISS live in Buenos Aires, notice Paul with his hair tied behind his head, something you would rarely see

seeing Paul has Microtia, a deformity of the pinna (outer ear and he is deaf in his right ear) and he refers not showing his ears to the public.

Stage props:

- Improved Laser Show
- Giant KISS logo curtain
- Smoke
- (limited) Fireworks
- Pyrotechnics
- Bombs
- Leon The Sphinx
- Gene fire breathing
- Paul breaking/setting on fire guitar
- Strippers