and Roll over tours 1976
& Psycho Circus variations
Catman's costume changed very little from initial prototype, to the Psycho Circus costume
used in the 1998-2000 tours. But there were changes however!
As seen on picture A Peter wore an all-over "cat suit" (with sleeves), that was
open at the chest. Along the chest there was a silver trim, looking like cat fur, which
ended with an arrow pointing at his crotch (there we go again!). There were also a silver,
diamond shaped pad on the knees.
Picture B shows the sleeves! There were a silver trim on the shoulder, and more "cat
fur" hanging under the forearm. As you also
can see in this picture, Peter sometimes wore a studded leather wristband!
By Halloween 1976 Peter had begun to wear a couple of silver cuffs (as seen in picture C).
The picture is from Paul Lynde's Halloween Special, broadcast on Halloween, but filmed in
the middle of October. You can also see Peter wear his belt from 1975 (the one with the
cathead buckle) in this picture.
Picture D is a close-up of the boots for the first version of the costume. They were
basically the 1975 boots with a new cover, that was made from the same fabric as the rest
of the costume.
Picture E simply shows you the backside of Peter's costume (NOTE: that what we see here is
the sleeveless variation of the costume... see more about that below)!
sleeves were probably to hot for concerts, so there he wore a variant (shown on picture E
and F) without sleeves. With that version Peter also wore a belt, which more or less hid
the "crotch-arrow". There were no "kneepads" on this version. Peter
wore black leather gloves for the shows, and often also the silver bracelets seen on
On picture G you can see a close-up of Peters second pair of platform boots (only used for
photo shoots and TV-appearances). They were black and silver, and had small cats eyes on
the tips. The latter is just visible on picture G.
For concerts Peter wore the trainers shown in picture H. They were silver, and had a
ripped, furry design like the rest of the costume. The "furry" thing was a
detachable cover, which were also sold at the KISS Auction in June 2000. But otherwise
they appeared to be similar to the trainers used on the previous couple of tours!
A third version was made for the Rock And Roll Over Tour in 1977 (picture I). This was
very similar to the one on picture F, but somehow it look somewhat "sloppier"!
The costume on picture J is an enigma... I have only seen this one photo of it! It shows
Peter backstage with his then wife Lydia. It's a black leotard, just like the regular
costume, but the cut-out at the chest is made up to look like a tuxedo. And just visible
on picture J, is a row of pyramid shaped studs down the sides of the costume. The neckwear
and cuffs are the ones from the regular costume.
said, the Psycho Circus version (pictures K to P) was very close to the original. The
silver trim on the chest, is made from a slightly more shiny material than the original.
First the costume didn't have any rhinestones on the silver trim (as seen on picture M),
but this was added pretty quickly (as seen on picture N). Another difference is the zipper
(clearly seen on picture K), which wasn't on any of the three original versions. This
boots also had the diamond shaped "knee pads", like the boots in picture D.
The collar seen on picture B, C, F, J, K, M and N, was originally only for photo shoots...
I have not seen any live footage from the 1976/77 tours, where he wears that one! But
pictures (such as picture O) from the Psycho Circus and Farewell tours shows Peter wearing
the collar during concert!
Picture L shows Peters gloves. Peter had been wearing gloves back in the 70's as well, but
back then they rarely made into photo shoots. When Peter returned to KISS in 1996, the
gloves became a standard item in his outfit. The gloves for the Psycho Circus era had the
brand name "Ahead" printed on them.
Picture P shows Peter wearing a belt for a Farewell concert. It's a black, studded leather
belt with a squarish buckle!
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