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SpecialEffects.gif (5496 Byte) make-up  Destroyer costumes  two huge Logoredonwhite-blackoutline5mm.jpg (974 Byte) logos  Gene spitting fire  Gene spitting blood  Ace's smoking & flying guitar  Paul smashing guitar  smoke  bombs  flying drums  confetti storm  fireworks  Ace shooting rockets from his guitar  flying platform  big screen behind drums  Gene flying  Paul flying  Ace lightning guitar burning drumsticks  huge Logoredonwhite-blackoutline5mm.jpg (974 Byte) logo curtain falling down at the beginning of the show  Ace shooting sparkles from his guitar  Paul shooting T-shirts into the audience with a T-gun
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00a.jpg (29014 Byte) As the fall of 1999 approached, fans were still waiting for the second leg of the Psycho Circus tour. KISS kept pushing the starting date forward and forward. 
Ace was interviewed during the summer where he revealed, that the tour would start in the fall, and it would be a Farewell tour... Gene quickly went on the record saying that it was not!
As the fall came there were still no news, but in late October it was finally announced that KISS would play some shows around New Years Eve... the much talked about Millennium show. This was discussed as far back as in the summer of 1996, when KISS had just started the Reunion tour. KISS had big plans for the coming of year 2000... places like the foot of the Fuji mountain in Japan, the Roswell Air Force Base (where the US government allegedly is storing a crashed UFO) , and underneath the Statue of Liberty in New York had been mentioned in passing. So it was a bit of a disappointment when it was announced that the Millennium show would be held at an arena in Vancouver, Canada (though probably not to fans living in Vancouver!).
The show went on, with the Psycho Circus staging (as seen in picture 1), without the 3-D.
Just after midnight Ace led the band into 2.000 Man, and the show ended with the usual fireworks display. 
The show was pretty special since it was recorded for the upcoming Alive IV... but the album never emerged. The reason for this was never really clear, but as I'm writing this there seems to be no plans to actually release the album.
Another interesting thing about this show is, that here the band started doing songs they recorded after Peter and Ace had left; Heaven's On Fire, Lick It Up and I Love It Loud!

A few days later KISS played in Alaska, their first show there since 1974.
The stage (seen in picture 2) was specially built for this event (it had to be smaller than usual due to the size of the arena there).
The logo from the 1990 Hot In The Shade tour had been taken out of storage, and aside from this the stage was just had a bunch of amplifiers... very basic!

The proper Farewell Tour started in March 2000. The stage set for this tour was gigantic (as seen in picture 3). The top half looks just like the Psycho Circus stage, with two KISS logos on each side of the giant videoscreen.
But the lower half was entirely new! The staircases from the 1976-78 tours made a welcome return on the scene, having been updated for the new Millennium, with brighter lights and a futuristic chrome look.


The band entry on the stage was also highly unusual. A platform in the middle of the lighting rig would begin to lower as the curtain dropped, and KISS started Detroit Rock City. On the platform there were Paul, Gene and Ace, while Peter was sitting behind his drumkit on another platform, also coming down  (as seen here in picture 4). 

This had of course been invented for the Animalize tour, but had not been used since. A truely amazing way to start the show (typically over-the-top for KISS).


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Set list:

(Millennium shows)

1. Psycho Circus
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. Deuce
4. Heaven's On Fire
5. Shock Me
6. Firehouse
7. Do You Love Me
8. Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll
9. 2.000 Man
10. Cold Gin
11. God Of Thunder (incl. bass solo)
12. Lick It Up
13. I Love It Loud
14. 100.000 Years
15. Love Gun
16. Black Diamond

17. Detroit Rock City
18. Into The Void (incl. guitar solo)
19. Beth
20. Rock And Roll All Nite


Setlist (Farewell Tour - US leg):

1. Detroit Rock City
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. Deuce
4. I Love It Loud
5. Shock Me
6. Firehouse
7. Do You Love Me
8. Calling Dr. Love
9. Psycho Circus
10. Heaven's On Fire
11. Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll
12. 2.000 Man (incl. guitar solo)
13. Lick It Up
14. God Of Thunder (incl. bass solo)
15. Cold Gin
16. 100.000 Years
17. Love Gun
18. Black Diamond

19. Beth
20. Rock And Roll All Nite

Setlist (Japan and Australia 2001):

1. Detroit Rock City
2. Deuce
3. Shout It Out Loud
4. Talk To Me
5. I Love It Loud
6. Firehouse
7. Do You Love Me
8. Calling Dr. Love
9. Heaven's On Fire
10. Let Me Go, Rock 'n Roll
11. Shock Me
12. Psycho Circus
13. Lick It Up
14. God Of Thunder
(incl. bass- and drumsolo)
15. Cold Gin
16. 100.000 Years
17. Love Gun
- Medley I
(Paul fooling around with various songs such as I Still Love You, Hard Luck Woman, Shandi, I want you and Forever)
18. Black Dimaond

19. I Was Made For Lovin' You
- Medley II
(The entire band fooling around with songs like New York Groove, Got to choose, Parasite, She and Makin' Love
20. Rock And Roll All Nite

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00e.jpg (34477 Byte) Steam would spew out from underneath the platforms to give the impression that these actually flew on their own... which they off course didn't. They were hanging in heavy duty chains and wires!!
After KISS lands on the stage (picture 5) they would step down, and the platform would rise up again into the lighting rig. You can also see the safety guards behind each band member... they are there to ensure that they don't get off too early!!
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At the first shows this was a little different however. The curtain would fall, and a noise (much like the tank noise used on the Creatures/Lick It Up tours) would sound as the front platform would come down with all four band members. When arriving on stage, Peter would run up behind his drums, as the band was announced. This seemed somewhat stiffer than the other approach, and happily KISS quickly changed to the other! Picture 6 is from a live broadcast from the first show on the Farewell Tour; in Phoenix, Arizona on March 11, 2000.

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The lighting rig (seen in picture 7) was enormous.
But aside from these differences the show was mostly like the Psycho Circus show: Gene would spit fire in Firehouse, spit blood and "fly" in God Of Thunder, Paul would "fly" and "shoot the lights" in Love Gun, and Ace would shoot rockets from his guitar in his solo, and let his smoking guitar "fly". The only new addition to the show as such was the fire columns rising from the stag
00h.jpg (32327 Byte)e floor during Heaven's on Fire.

As usual the show would end with Black Diamond, where the drumkit rose into the air.
This time the cats (as seen in picture 8) underneath the drum riser had returned, and now steam would come from their mouth while Peter was going up!
This would be followed up by an enormous fireworks display, and tons of bombs going off!
Gene and Ace would then also rise into the air (as seen in picture 9), on their hydraulic platforms, while Paul remained on the stage. This way the Farewell shows were truly the best from all previous tours!

00i.jpg (35341 Byte) The US leg of the Farewell tour came to an end in October 2000. Then it was the plan to continue to Japan, but this part of the tour was suddenly postponed.
Rumors quickly arose about internal problems in the band, mainly something about Peter being unhappy with a new contract he was supposed to sign. This turned out to be the truth, and at the end it was decided to let Peter go, and continue with Eric Singer as the bands drummer. This decision wasn't the most popular decision KISS ever made, especially when it turned out Eric would have to wear the Catman costume and make-up... fans quickly dubbed him Catman II!
The tour in Japan, and subsequently Australia, took place in March and April 2001. There were very little changes in the show, aside from some shuffling of the setlist. 
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There was one addition to the show, however. Eric did a drumsolo in God Of Thunder, and for this Eric did his flaming drumstick trick (picture 10). Eric is handed two clubs, which are set afire, then he plays the drums and cymbals. The trick was introduced by Eric, when he toured with Bria
00k.jpg (21031 Byte)n May and Alice Cooper on the Brutal Planet tour in 2000. Eric also toured Europe with Alice in May 2001, but here he didn't do the flaming drumstick thing...The trick wasn't used in Japan, apparently because of the fire hazard! Funnily enough, Gene did breathe fire at these shows, so why the flaming drumstick trick weren't allowed is beyond me!

The last new addition for the Japanese/Australian Farewell Tour was this T-Gun Paul is seen carrying in picture 11. With this T-Gun he was shooting T-shirts into the audience.

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line-up: cleardot.gif (53 Byte) Gene Simmons (bass, vocals)
Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Ace Frehley (lead guitar, vocals)
Peter Criss / Eric  Singer (drums, vocals)

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

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