The Creatures of the Night tour were also the bands 10th anniversary, which was
basically also the theme for the outfits. At least for the only two members left from the
original line-up. Ace were touring with the band on a promotion tour through Europe in
November 1982, but by the time the Creatures-tour started, just days before New
Year, Ace was no longer in the band. He had been substituted by session-player Vincent
Cusano, now known as Vinnie Vincent.
Eric's Creatures costume was very
similar to the costume he wore on the Unmasked tour. Photo A shows the original
version of the costume, only used for the very first Creatures of the Night photo
Actually you can see much of the costume here, but it's the only photo I have ever seen of
it. Note that the cuffs and armbands seen has orange and white rhinestones (detail in
photo B). There is also rhinestones attached to the sleeves of the costume.
Photo C shows the costume worn for the Creatures Of The Night press conference in
late October 1982, and only for that one occasion.
You can see more of this version, which is a black unitard, opened at the chest, with
rhinestones along the border, and gray fur at each shoulder. Note that the armbands are
gone, and that the leather cuffs are bigger and had less rhinestones. There are no
rhinestones on the sleeves on this version.
The rest of the costume is made up by a v-shaped belt around the waist, a rhinestone
covered choker around his neck, and a pair of black leather platform boots, with a gray
Photos E and F shows the
more common version of the costume. Note that the cuffs are different, and that Eric now
again wears a pair rhinestone covered armbands. These has all white rhinestones,
As you can see in photo F, the were also a line of rhinestones down the side of this
Picture G is a close-up of the boots, which had a gray furry cover! Note the triangular
shape of rhinestones on the tip of the boots. That is almost identical to Eric's 1980
outfit, except these are mainly white and black rhinestones.
These boots were only used
for photo shoots and various appearances.
Eric didn't play in the platform boots, but he would wear a pair for the bands final bow
in front of the audience during concerts. The "concert" boots is seen in photo
H, and they had no fur!
got a new costume for the tour, that started in late December 1982. Photo I shows the new
version, which had no sleeves. Also note that this version had two rows of rhinestones
down the side.
The fur at the shoulders were seemingly detachable, because a lot of photos (such as photo
J) shows the costume without any fur!
Photo K shows Eric with a heart shaped sticker, or pin, attached to his costume... it only
appears in a few photos, shot backstage before a concert in 1983!!
Photo L shows a pair of gloves which were also covered with rhinestones, but these were
only used with the earlier version of the costume! For concerts Eric wore the gloves seen
in photo M!
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