wanted a radical change in their image for "The Elder", and you will have to
admit, that they succeeded in doing just that. Shorter hair, "New Romantics"
style costumes, and softer music. Not everybody was happy about the change... most fans
hated it, and the bandmembers themselves weren't too happy either.
Aces new outfit was basically a black jumpsuit, with lightning bolts down across
the chest, the collar, and on both sleeves. The costume in photo A was shown in the
Butterfields KISS Auction catalogue, and has no lightning bolt on the collar. But I have
never seen any photos of Ace wearing this version!!! The costume shown in photo B is the
Ace occasionally use a black and silver armband (detail in photo C) with this
The boots (detail in photo D) were a pair of silver moon boots, laced on the front. Like
the three others Ace had given up his platform boots, but he went for the moon boots
unlike the others cowboy/pirate boots! Photo E shows the backside of the costume. It was
very similar to the front, except the lightning bolt went straight down, instead of
crossing over as it did on the front!
Ace didn't get a new costume for Creatures of the Night. Although the public would
not know for a couple of months, Ace had already decided to leave KISS, by the time he did
the promo tour of Europe in November 1982. On that tour he wore his The Elder
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