make-up Love Gun costumes huge logo Gene spitting fire Gene spitting blood Ace's
smoking & burning guitar Paul smashing
guitar smoke bombs drum
riser confetti storm fireworks dragon Firehouse helmet lightning stairs platform
The Love Gun stage
set looked a lot like the Destroyer set, but there were still plenty of differences in the
The differences in
the staging was mostly the lights in the stairs... for the Love Gun tour they were much
brighter than on the Rock And Roll Over Tour, and they could flash in sequenzed patterns
just like the logo (like you can see in picture 1).
Another new addition to the stage were the lifts on each side (marked a in picture
1). When the band was announced spotlights would reveal the three mobile members
standing in the lifts and as they started to play I Stole Your Love, the lifts would
decent towards the stage.
The reason for this addition was probably that the stairs were actually quite
dangerous to walk down for the band members in their 7 inch platform boots. At least on
one occasion Paul fell and tumbled down the stairs. According to himself he actually
landed on the feet, and everybody thought it was part of the show. But as I said: the
lifts had probably been added to avoid any broken limbs and necks!!
Also new to the stage was the dragon totem on Gene's side (marked b in picture 1,
and seen below here in close-up in picture 2). The dragon could hiss steam, and during the
fire breathing stunt in Firehouse, Gene would light his torch at the flame on top of the
1. I Stole Your
2. Take Me
3. Ladies Room
5. Love Gun
7. Makin Love
8. Christine Sixteen
9. Shock Me (incl. Guitar solo)
10. I Want You
11. Calling Dr. Love
12. Shout It Out Loud
13. Bass Solo/God Of Thunder
(incl. Drum solo)
14. Rock And Roll All Nite
15. Detroit Rock City
17. Black Diamond
Other songs additionally
On the Japanese tour in 1978 "Take Me" and "Hooligan" had been
dropped, and "King of the Night Time World" and "Let Me Go, Rock 'n
Roll" had been added in their place!
Hidden in the stage floor
were two hydraulic lifts (like the one under Peter's drumkit) which could lift the band members into the air. According to Dale Sherman's book
"Black Diamond, pt. 1" these were already a part of the show in Japan in April
1977, but that is not the case... I can't see them in my copy of the video, anyway!!
But Paul would sing Love Gun from several feet above the stage, standing on the
right platform (picture 3). Then during Gene's solo before God of Thunder, Gene would
command the left platform to levitate him. From there he would make fireball's appear from
the stagefloor (thanks to the help of the pyrotechnics crew!!)
During his guitar solo, Ace would also use the platform at stage rightat least for
the first few shows of the tour (photo 4). Perhaps, like the dangerous situation with the stairs, the decision to change this
aspect of the show was arrived at for safety
reasons. As many KISS fans know, Aces balance was a bit off in those days, and some
in the KISS camp may actually have feared his falling from the platform.
The platforms would again be used during the finale in Black Diamond (as
seen here in picture 5). Gene would stand on the left platform, while Ace and Paul would
share the right one. They would go up, together with Peter's drum riser, while all sorts
of pyrotechnic effects would explode around them! A spectacular effect... so spectacular
actually, that it ended up in the gatefold of Alive II!
Peter's drumriser was also entirely new. During his drumsolo in God of Thunder, the
drumriser would forward to the edge of the stage, and during the finale it would rise up
as usual, this time revealing no less than two golden cats ready to attack (picture 6).
Aside from these new effects the show was the
same it had been the previous years: Gene would still drool blodd during the bass solo;
Ace's guitar would still smoke and burst into flame; the band would still have a confetti
storm during Rock And Roll All Nite etc.
Simmons (bass, vocals)
Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Ace Frehley (lead guitar, vocals)
Peter Criss (drums, vocals)
To view the exact
tourdates of the Love Gun and Alive II tours, go to the Tourdates page.
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