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Sep. 30, 1984 -
Mar. 29, 1985

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The Animalize tour was divided into two halves: the European leg and the U.S. leg, with two very different shows and stage sets!

The European staging (seen here in picture 1), was basically the Unmasked stage, painted like animal skin (leopard spots and tiger stripes). Picture 1 is from the German part of the tour, as the band is using the German logo!
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84b.jpg (21840 Byte) Two ramps (one on each side of Eric's drum riser), allowed the band to walk from the top of the amplifiers to the stage, exactly like the Unmasked stage.
The drum riser were round like the Unmasked/Dynasty riser. This version was covered with black "fur", while the ramps were painted like zebra fur!
Both drum heads were covered with a giant panther head (as seen here behind Paul in picture 2). 
Like the Lick It Up show, the European version of the Animalize show had absolutely no effects!!

 

 

 

Like on the Lick It Up tour, KISS would also on this tour occasionally perform in extremely small venues, like in Lund, Sweden (picture 2B) where they could only fit parts of the stage gear onto the stage!! As you can see there is no ramps, and Eric is practically sitting in the KISS logo behind him!!

 

 

 

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Some effects had been rumored however! 
The dangerous stunt that Paul Stanley had performed in the "Heaven's On Fire" video; the jump through a burning ring (seen in picture 3); were expected to show up in the shows, but that were far too dangerous to do on stage!

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Set list:

European Tour

1. Detroit Rock City
2. Cold Gin
3. Strutter
4. Fits Like A Glove
5. Heaven’s On Fire
- Guitar solo (Paul)
6. Under The Gun
7. War Machine
- Drum solo
8. Young and Wasted
9. I’ve Had Enough (Into The Fire)
- Bass solo
10. I Love It Loud
11. I Still Love You
12. Creatures of the Night
13. Love Gun
14. Rock And Roll All Nite

Encores:
15. Lick It Up
16. Jam Session*)
17. Black Diamond

Other songs performed: 
"Burn Bitch Burn" (once), and "Get All You Can Take" (twice)

*) note: The band performed a jam session each night, playing such songs as Winchester Cathedral, La Bamba, Oh Susanna, Sunshine Of My Love, Hey Joe and others. And on at least one occasion they performed Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Rose" in it's entirety!

U.S. Tour

1. Detroit Rock City
2. Cold Gin
3. Creatures of the Night
4. Fits Like A Glove
5. Heaven´s On Fire
6. Thrills in the Night
- Guitar solo
7. Under The Gun
8. War Machine
- Drumsolo
9. Young and Wasted
- Bass solo
10. I Love It Loud
11. I Still Love You
12. Love Gun
13. Black Diamond

Encores:
14. Oh Susanna
15. Rock And Roll All Nite

Note: The encore "Oh Susanna" was only performed occasionally, as a substitute for the jam sessions performed in Europe!
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The only effects to survive were Gene's fire breathing and Paul's guitar breaking! Gene's fire breathing stunt had been moved to the end of "War Machine", because "Firehouse" had been dropped from the set!!
Something new was the band doing an impromptu jam session on stage each night as an encore, and Eric Carr singing lead vocals on "Young And Wasted"!

Animalize became very successful in America, and a much larger stage set was designed for the American leg of the tour.
The set (seen in picture 4) had two large ramps (marked (a)), and a big platform (marked (b)) that would do different things during the show! The band also returned to using various pyrotechnical effects!

 

 

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The show would start much in the same manner as the Dynasty show, with the band being lifted onto the stage by a lift behi84f.jpg (20235 Byte)nd the drum riser. Sound effects of a large airplane landing would be played over the speakers while the band was coming up.
While standing on the platform right in front of the logo (picture 5), the band would be presented, and launch into "Detroit Rock City", with bombs and flash pots.


The flamethrowers were also back, and were used during the opening of "Heaven's On Fire", a song from Animalize. 84kPaullivebreakingguitarAnimalizestagefloor.jpg (20621 Byte)
And there were more fire during "War Machine", as Gene performed his fire breathing trick (picture 6)!
As you can also see in picture 7B, the stage floor was covered with a carpet also depicting the Animalize cover.


There were also solo's on this tour. Like the drum risers used in the '70's, the 1984 variation (seen in picture 4) could move forward, to the edge of the stage, during Eric's solo.
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84g.jpg (32485 Byte) The platform marked (b) in picture 4 had a large part in the show. First during Eric's drum solo, where the platform would appear above the drum kit flashing lights like an UFO!

At the end of "Black Diamond" the light bridge seen in front of the platform in picture 4 would swing down onto the stage. The band (Gene, Paul and Bruce) would run up into the lightning rig, and then appear on top of the platform, which would then slowly descend toward the stage, while bombs and firework would go off!84h.jpg (27571 Byte)

Picture 8 is not Paul auditioning for the part of Tarzan in a new Broadway musical, but Paul swinging onto stage to break his guitar during "Rock And Roll All Nite". Paul always wanted a signature stunt of his own... Gene had the blood spitting, and the flying stunts in the Dynasty and Unmasked shows; Ace had his smoking guitar, the flying guitar, and the rocket shooting guitar; Peter and Eric had their moving drum risers, but Paul never had a stunt! He wanted a flying stunt like Gene's, and eventually he got it, but in the Animalize days he had to do with the swinging on stage to break the guitar! (the picture is used with kind permission from Randy Bergeron)

While Paul was smashing his guitar into the stage floor, more pyrotechnics would go off, and the waterfall pyroeffect would end the show (as seen behind Gene and Paul in picture 4!!)

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84i.jpg (32532 Byte) Picture 8B is a rare photo of Mark St. John on the Animalize stage...
As you probably know Mark was replaced by Bruce Kulick during the European tour, due to the fact that Mark had been struck by Reiter's Syndrome... an illness that affects the joints in hands and legs.

84jKissgoodbyewithMarkBaltimore1984.jpg (24214 Byte) Mark was supposed to return to KISS for the U.S. leg of the tour, but after performing parts of only three shows Mark was permanently replaced by Bruce!

After playing half of a show, both Mark and Bruce came on stage after the show in Baltimore, MD on November 27, 1984 (at least I was told so), to say goodbye to the fans. Picture 9 (courtesy of David Snowden) captures this rare event. You can clearly see all 5 members on stage. From left to right: Eric Carr, Paul Stanley, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick and Gene Simmons! 

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line-up: cleardot.gif (53 Byte) Gene Simmons (bass, vocals)
Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Bruce Kulick (lead guitar)
Eric  Carr (drums, vocals)

To view the exact tourdates of the Animalize tour, go to the Tourdates page.

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