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Feb. 3, 1995 -
Aug. 9, 1995

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During the 1995 KISS My Ass Downunder Tour, KISS started a series of official KISS Konventions, put together by the band themselves.
One of the biggest surprises at these conventions were KISS playing an unplugged set! The band had appeared on radio and TV through the years playing bits and pieces acoustically, but this was the first real acoustic concerts, something fans thought they never see KISS do!
The original plan was to go on stage and just take requests from the audience, but KISS quickly realized that fans wanted to hear songs that the band never played live before, and not just the regulars.
When the Konvention Tour hit the American shores in the summer of 1995, the band had rehearsed a set of rarely heard songs... to the fans delight!
Each show would last around 2 hours, and the last 30 minutes or so, a microphone would be passed around in the audience, so that audience members could sing lead while KISS played their favorite songs!
There wasn't much of a stage set for these show, except a backdrop saying Worldwide KISS conventions 1995-96 (as seen in picture 1).

KISS had many surprises up their sleeves for this tour, but the biggest one unfolded at the opening night in Los Angeles, when Peter Criss suddenly appeared on stage with his former pals (picture 2), singing lead on Hard Luck Woman and Nothin' To Lose. After years of hostilities between members and ex-members of the band, there finally seemed to be peace, or at least a truce!

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Set list:

Setlist (there was no set setlist for these shows, but they played these songs at every show):

1. Comin' Home
2. Plaster Caster
3. Goin' Blind
4. Domino
5. Nothin' To Lose
6. Sure Know Something
7. Calling Dr. Love
8. C’mon and Love Me
9. Spit
10. I Still Love You
11. God Of Thunder (Country version)
12. See You Tonite
13. Do You Love Me
14. A World Without Heroes
15. Every time I Look At You
16. Rock Bottom
17. Shandi
18. Strutter
19. Hide Your Heart
20. Black Diamond
21. Heaven's On Fire
22. Rock And Roll All Nite

They also fooled around with a long list of other song like:

Just A Boy, She, Love Theme From KISS, Love Gun, Take Me, Love Her All I Can, Charisma, Strange Ways and many others
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The tour was an enormous success for the band, and MTV was interested in filming one or more of the performances for a special. In the end they invited KISS to do an unplugged set, for the MTV Unplugged series.

The KISS MTV Unplugged session became the biggest Unplugged production MTV had done at the time (and one of the last, by the way). The stage set (seen in picture 3) was very large: KISS sat on a stage covered with a carpet showing the Rock And Roll Over album cover (as seen in picture 4). Behind the band was an enormous sized version of the logo, with five mannequins on the top. Four of the mannequins were dressed with KISS' 1977 Love Gun costumes, while the fifth was Eric Carr's 1980 costume. The entire studio was covered with KISS related imagery, too!
The setlist was more or less the same songs performed on the Konvention Tour, with a few adjustments! The band was playing completely unplugged, unlike on the tour, where Gene had played an ordinary electric bass, and Bruce's guitar had been put through an amplifier, giving him the right lead sound. In the MTV studio the band was forced to play without these "cheats"!
Again KISS had a few surprises up their sleeves: first an entire symphonic orchestra played along on "Every Time I Look At You". The band perfomred this one three times to make sure it was done right.

The other surprise was Peter Criss and Ace Frehley appearing on stage, and for the first time since the 1979 tour the original foursome played together before an audience! 
They performed two songs together before Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick rejoined them on stage, and played along for the last two songs. For the first time ever KISS performed with two drummers (as seen in picture 3)!

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

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

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