state of Liberty, which gets bown apart and
shows middle finger Gene spitting fire
Paul smashing guitar smoke bombs gigantic logo curtain at back fireworks laser show strippers huge
curtain falling down at beginning of the show
KISS actually did three tours to promote Revenge in 1992.
In late April and May they toured the US, playing nightclubs. Of course, this meant they
couldn't bring a show along.
The next tour was a short tour in England, playing the major cities with the
"H.I.T.S." stage set from the last tour. The show was more or less the same as
on the previous tour, except KISS again played "Firehouse" and Gene again
breathed fire. Gary Corbett was again touring with KISS, playing keyboards from the back
The proper Revenge
tour started in October, with an entirely new
show (seen in picture 1).
Instead of the Sphinx they had the Statue of Liberty sitting behind Eric Singers drum kit.
This was of course a reference to the Science Fiction movie "Planet of the Apes"
where the hero finds the top half of the Statue of Liberty sticking out of the ground at
the end of the movie.
The rest of the stage set were set up to look like New York after a nuclear blast...
amplifier boxes overturned, a graffiti covered Subway sign above the platform on the right
side of the stage, and the lighting rig hanging crooked as if it was about to fall down
All in all a very impressive looking stage.
This time they also used the laser light show, which was even more impressive than on the
"H.I.T.S." tour (as seen in picture 2).
Set list: 1.
Creatures Of The Night
3. I Just Wanna
7. Heaven's On Fire
8. Christine Sixteen
10. Watchin' You
11. Hotter Than Hell
13. I Want You (incl. guitar- and drum solo)
15. War Machine
16. Rock 'N Roll All Nite
17. Lick It Up
18. Take It Off
19. Cold Gin
20. Tears Are Falling
21. I Love It Loud
22. Detroit Rock City
23. Shout It Out Loud
24. God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You II
25. Love Gun
26. Star Spangled Banner
Like on the last tour, KISS wouldn't be introduced with the
"You wanted the best" call. Instead the stage got covered with a big curtain
with a giant KISS logo on it, just before the band went on stage. Then the house lights
would be dimmed, and a loud humming sound would play over the speakers. As KISS launched
into "Creatures of the Night", the curtain would drop, together with a very loud
explosion, to reveal the band on stage. Also on this tour KISS had a keyboard player
tucked away in the back stage area, this time Derek Sherinian, who previously had played
with Alice Cooper (together with Eric Singer).
And as Firehouse was back in the set, Gene again breathed fire (which he didn't on the
KISS had several new tricks up their sleeve this time, one of them being the
strippers (picture 3) on stage during "Take It Off" from the new album Revenge.
Due to American laws they could strip off all their clothe, but had to keep bra and
panties on. A bit of a bummer for all the male fans.
But I'm sure the stunt won KISS a lot of favors with the Woman's Liberation in the States!
In some cities on the tour this song was dropped from the set-list (and so were the
The stripping act were also used during the 1994 tour in South America and the 1995 shows
in Japan and Australia. In Australia the strippers were allowed to take of their tops as
As on the previous tour, solos were kept to a minimum, but in "I Want
You" Paul did his old audience participation bit, where he would sing "I
Want..." and the audience would answer "...You!". Then Bruce joined him on
stage, to play a bit of a solo, while new drummer Eric Singer would play a short drum
solo. During the solo he would stand up, and play "Oh Susannah" on his harmonica
(as seen in picture 4). Paul would then comment that the audience hadn't paid to see Eric
play any "Hee-hah"-music, and then Eric would launch into an impressive fast
The Statue of
Liberty would play an important part of the show (just like Leon the Sphinx before her).
The main showcase came during "War Machine" where some loud explosion would tear
off the statues skin to reveal the skull and bones underneath (picture 5).
The effect were partially inspired by an effect Metallica used on their "And Justice
For All" tour in 1989. Metallica had a copy of the Lady Justice statue on stage, and
during the final song explosions would cause the statue to collapse!
But Lady Liberty wasn't finished
As seen in picture 6 and 7, several light- and pyro-effects were used on the statue during
the rest of the show.
The climax of the show were "Detroit Rock City", and at the end of the song, the
statue's raised hand would raise it's index finger (see picture 7B), flicking the audience
the bird, so to speak!
A few fans were a bit disappointed about this, thinking that KISS were telling the fans to
For the encores, the black back-curtain was substituted by a
large white one, with an enormous KISS logo (picture 8).
The last encore was a surprise: KISS played "Star Spangled Banner". The song had
appeared on Revenge as a bit of the guitar solo in the song "Spit", but here
they played it, almost like Jimi Hendrix at the Woodstock festival in 1969.
While the band played the instrumental tune, tons of fireworks would go off (picture 5 is
actually a shot of the shows finale!).
The rest of the show ran along the usual lines: Gene breathing fire, Paul shooting
into the lighting rig with guitar at the end of Love Gun, and of course Paul broke his
guitar at the end of the show.
Simmons (bass, vocals)
Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Bruce Kulick (lead guitar)
Eric Singer (drums, vocals)
To view the exact
tourdates of the Revenge tour, go to the Tourdates page.
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