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Oct. 11, 1983 -
Mar. 17, 1984

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The Lick It Up show looked similar to the Creatures Of The Night show, but that was only on the surface!
An obvious change was of course, the look of the band members! The make-up and superhero costumes were gone!!
The years from 1980 to 1983 had not been great years for KISS, especially financially... and that was easy to see in the Lick It Up shows!! Where the Creatures Of The Night shows had held back on the effects, the Lick It Up show were totally stripped of them! The stage was still a tank (as seen in picture 1), and the "turret" moved... but there were hardly any pyrotechnics at all! 
As you also can see in picture 1, is that KISS played in some very small venue's and that the gun had to be shortened for some shows... otherwise it would cut the stage in two!! Having the band members running into the gun barrel could have been a lot of fun for the fans, but probably not for the band!
The band also played in Germany and had to use the other logo for these shows (as you also can see in picture 1).

Not every effect had been kicked out of the show however!
The band would still end up on the "gun turret" at the end of "Black Diamond" and the turret would still turn from side to side, and puffing smoke (as seen here in picture 2).

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Set list:

1. Creatures of the Night
2. Detroit Rock City
3. Cold Gin
4. Fits Like A Glove
5. Firehouse
- Guitarsolo (Paul)
6. Exciter
7. War Machine
8. Gimme More
- Guitarsolo (Vinnie)
- BassSolo
9. I Love It Loud
10. I Still Love You
- Drumsolo
11. Young and Wasted
12. Love Gun
13. Black Diamond

14. Lick It Up
15. Rock And Roll All Nite

Additional songs performed:
All Hell's Breakin' Loose

was performed on the U.S. leg of the tour
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Gene also performed one of his signature stunts: The fire breathing (as seen in picture 3)!

Another thing that Gene kept doing wase the bass solo! As seen in picture 4, Gene still did something similar to the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" effect in the Creatures Of The Night show, covering behind the bass, making a cross with the guitar neck and his forearm! But Gene didn't spit blood anymore, even though he still played with his tongue and rolled his eyes!
Paul Stanley also kept his guitar breaking stunt at the end of the show!!



None of the video's I have seen from the Lick It Up tour (Essen '83 and Montreal '84) shows the band using any kind of pyro effects at all, but according to some people they did start using some towards the end of the tour... which picture 6 here also shows with a great deal of clarity!! As you can see it's the waterfall effect, which was introduced during the Creatures tour. Picture 6 is also the best shot of the entire Lick It Up stage I have seen, yet!!
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line-up: cleardot.gif (53 Byte) Gene Simmons (bass, vocals)
Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Vinnie Vincent (lead guitar)
Eric  Carr (drums, vocals)

To view the exact tourdates of the Lick it up tour, go to the Tourdates page.

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