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Unmasked Tour: 1980

Start Date: July 25, 1980

End Date: December 3, 1980

Shows: 41

Countries:  Australia, Belgium, England, France, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A, West Germany

Opening Acts: Eyes, Girl, Iron Maiden, The Rockets, Techtones

Average Attendance: 16,442 (Based upon a very limited number of available attendance figures}

Line Up: Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons,Eric Carr


Not long before the Unmasked was to be launched, the bomb dropped, that bomb was in the form a Catman. Peter Criss finally decided to leave KISS to pursue a (now unsuccessful solo career). KISS's management quickly began to audition new drummers on June 23, one of those drummers was Paul Carravello. Soon to be Eric Carr, The Fox. What the band and the management like the most about Carr was not his way of playing, but his personality. Even when he left when the audition was overhe was nice enough to ask the band members for their autographs.

 Eric made his official concert debut with KISS on July 25, 1980 at the Palladium in Manhattan. His parents were in the crowd, proud to see their son up there in one of the world's biggest bands. The Unmasked tour also saw KISS returning to Europe for the first time since 1976, and for the first time in Australia and New Zealand! KISS discovered that their popularity in Australia did not diminished like in the USA and was bigger than it ever was...
 
For their shows in Germany KISS had to alter their logo, as some people in Germany thought their lightning bolt S in their logo was too much resembling the S from the Waffen SS from Nazi Germany during World War Two...

 

Eric Carr, The Fox...

  

The Unmasked tour book saw four versions, Version 1: European tour-book
Version 2: English version, incl. promotional info for the Kiss movie
Version 3: German version with censored logo
Version 4: Australian version

  
  
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 Special Shows / Happenings:
 
- Palladium, New York, NY, July 25, 1980 -
Eric Carr's first show with KISS! He still was wearing his old 'Fox' makeup design...
 
- Motovelodrome Vigorelli. Milano. Italy, September 2, 1980 -
This show was actually stopped for 30 minutes after a left wing political group took control of the stage. What the group wanted is not known, the group even tossed a Molotov cocktail on the stage but it did not break due to the soft grippy surface of the stage so the band could easily walk over the stage with their high heels, the flames of the Molotov cocktail were put out due to crew member Bill McManus who was in charge of the dry-ice machine and flooded the stage with dry ice fog...

The band itself was rushed to the dressings rooms and was terrified on what was gonna happen next. Its not sure when during the show this all took place, but the band plays a bit slower during some songs half way through the video below...
 


 -Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway, October 13, 1980 -
This was the last show with Iron Maiden, KISS bombarded them with cake during their set. It also was the last show for Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton, who was soon replaced by Adrian Smith.
 
- Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia, November 22, 1980 -
This show was archived professionally on video, A heavily edited and overdubbed version of the show was broadcast on February 14, 1981 in the TV program The Inner Sanctum, on Channel 10. It was officially released in 2007 on the Kissology II DVD box set.
 
- Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, December 3, 1980 -
This was Ace Frehley's last performance with KISS, a superb bootleg audio recording from the soundboard of this concert is available in the bootleg scene.
 

A good look at the altered KISS logo...
 
 
Stage props: 

- Fire engine lights
- Hydraulic drum riser
- Blood spitting
- Fire breathing
- Huge (altered) KISS Logo
- Smoking, flying guitar
- Lighted and rocket shooting guitar
- Confetti storm
- Firehouse fire helmet
- Smoke
- Smaller Dynasty stage
- Various pyrotechnics
- Fireworks
- Gene flying to rafters
- Bombs
- Paul smashing guitar

 

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