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Rock And Roll Over Tour: 1976 - '77

Start Date: November 24, 1976

End Date: April 1, 1977

Shows: 70 

Countries:  Japan, U.S.A, 

Opening Acts: Blackfoot, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Bow Wow, Climax Blues Band, Dictators, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Graham Parker & The Rumour, Head East, Jesse Bolt, Legs Diamond, Natural Gas, The Raisin Band, Sammy Hagar,  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Uriah Heep. 

Average Attendance: 10,868

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

 

In support of the Rock And Roll Over album KISS went on another tour, the Rock And Roll Over Tour  was not different from the Spirit Of '76 Tour.  The same stage (although altered a bit, Peter had two big cats left and right of his drum kit, the first two cats got stolen during the tour and replaced with different looking cats.) and costumes were used but there was one big difference between the tours...

KISS toured Japan for the very first time! When the band arrived in Japan on March 19, 1977 it was a overwhelming scene.

Thousands of fans awaited the band and the people escorting out the band out of the airport literally had to push their fists in the chests of the people to get the band members through the crowd. KISS played four shows at the Nippon Budokan Hall breaking The Beatles' previous record.

KISS appeared on the Don Kirshner's Rock Concert TV program after the tour and did a lip sync performance of "Hard Luck Woman", "Love 'em Leave 'em", and "I Want You"  .


 

    The Rock And Roll Over tour book was pretty much the same as the Spirit of '76  tour book. The Japan 1977 tour got it's very own tour-book.

 
  
  
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 Special Shows / Happenings:
 
- Civic Center, Savannah, GE,  November 24,  1976 -
 First time ever Beth  was performed.
 
- Mobile Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, AL, December 5, 1976 -
 Gene caught his hair on fire once again and injured himself badly enough to cut the show short.
 
- Lakeland Civic Center. Lakeland, FL, December 12, 1976 -
At the start of the show, when Ace descended down the stage stair, he touched a railing that was not grounded properly and almost electrocuted him! He fell down the stairs and was unconscious, the crew managed to get him backstage lightning fast. After 30 minutes KISS continued the show but Ace had to play with numb fingertips. And to even make it worse, Gene set his hair on fire during this show as well! After this incident they started researching wireless guitars. making KISS one of the first bands to use wireless guitars! This event eventually was Ace's inspiration for his first vocal song on Love Gun: Shock Me.  
 
Ace getting helped up by the road crew after getting shocked... 
 
 - Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, February 18, 1977 -
KISS fulfilled their long awaited dream of headlining Madison Square Garden.
 
- Osaka,Japan, March 24, 1977 -
KISS performs for the very first time in Japan.
 
- Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 1977 -
KISS performs 4 shows at the Nippon Budokan Hall, and on April 2, 1977 even 2 shows on one day! This show was professionally videotaped by the Japanese TV Network NHK. Gene was smart enough to not give up the rights to the footage and KISS stayed the original owner of the footage and it eventually ended up on the KISSOLOGY 1 DVD Boxset!
 
Eddie Kramer recorded at least one of the four Tokyo concerts for a special Japan only Alive! that was planned at the time, it never saw the light of day but some tracks were used for Alive II, the original recording is available in the bootleg scene named The Lost Alive II and is seen by some KISS fans ( including me ) as the real Alive II.
 


KISS in Japan,notice Gene wearing his Alive! costume with his Destroyer boots.
 
 
Stage props:

- Fire engine lights
- Hydraulic drum riser
- Blood spitting
- Fire breathing
- KISS Logo
- Smoking & burning guitar
- Firehouse fire helmet
- Flamethrowers
- Stair cases
- Giant KISS Army banners
- 2 cat statues on drum riser
- Huge cat drum riser curtain
- Smoke
- Confetti storm
- Bombs
- Paul smashing guitar

 



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