Julian Gill has put together a massive book that has all of the KISS Tour Dates from 1972 to 2020.
This book is filled with a ton of info and I have always been a geek with this kind of stuff. Tour dates/attendance and how much money was made.
Unlike RUSH who authorized their awesome book on this format a few years ago (“Wandering The Face of the Earth”) dealing with KISS, on the other hand, you won’t get any official stuff like this from them but what you will get are some hardcore fans putting these books together and releasing them.
Gill over the course of 700 plus pages in this book has listed as much info as possible on every possible KISS show from the beginning which was November 1972 when Gene, Paul, and Peter auditioned as a three-piece for Epic Records.
Did you know that? I sure didn’t. It’s stuff like that which is very interesting to me.
Each tour is documented by a writeup which leads to all the dates for that year. Example ‘Rock N Roll Over Tour’ and the amount of touring they did behind it.
What is fascinating is not so much the KISS glory years on the road (1975-79) but those tours starting from the aborted American Tours for both 1980’s “Unmasked” and 1981″The Elder” releases as in the United States those albums that were deemed flops.
KISS did a tour in 1980 as they went to Australia where it was mass hysteria as both the Unmasked album and single Shandi were riding high on the charts.
Where this book comes in as a great read is that the KISS shows made 3 million dollars on that Australian tour which is a ton of money but the promoter still lost $250,000 grand on the tour as KISS showed up with an entourage of 45 people and lived it up.
The live it up motto would haunt KISS into the 80’s even more but that’s a story for another time. ( come back in a few days as I will explain it in my next book review)
What I decided to do was ask KISS Superfan the one only John T Snow as he has seen KISS five times in the ’80s. So you can get a good look at how this book is set up.
Here are John’s dates followed by what was printed in KISS On Tour 2020 for each show that the Snowman saw in Atlanta. You can click on each review to make it bigger as it will be easier on your eyes.
Dec 26, 1983;
Jan 9, 1985;
Dec 31, 1985
Feb 10, 1988
July 20, 1990
Thanks for sharing those dates Snowman! As you can tell by those five pics you can get a feel for how this book is laid out.
Even better is the fact that Gill mentions the aborted Canadian Tour that KISS had planned for Canada on the “Hot In The Shade Tour” back in October 1990!
Damn it if Thunder Bay wasn’t going to be one of those stops! See for yourself posted above!
I knew about this date back then as there is a story tied to it but that’s for another time. Ask me next time I’m on the Lebrain Train!
“KISS 2020 Tour Edition” is a massive read and was actually priced really decent at Amazon ($40 Canadian) and is a great addition to any KISS Fan out there.