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Creatures of the night tour 1982/83

The Creatures of the Night tour were also the bands 10th anniversary, which was basically also the theme for the outfits. At least for the only two members left from the original line-up. Ace were touring with the band on a promotion tour through Europe in November 1982, but by the time the Creatures-tour started, just days before New Year, Ace was no longer in the band. He had been substituted by session-player Vincent Cusano, now known as Vinnie Vincent.

eric82.jpg (55080 Byte)Eric's Creatures costume was very similar to the costume he wore on the Unmasked tour. Photo A shows the original version of the costume, only used for the very first Creatures of the Night photo shoot.
Actually you can see much of the costume here, but it's the only photo I have ever seen of it. Note that the cuffs and armbands seen has orange and white rhinestones (detail in photo B). There is also rhinestones attached to the sleeves of the costume. 
Photo C shows the costume worn for the Creatures Of The Night press conference in late October 1982, and only for that one occasion. 
You can see more of this version, which is a black unitard, opened at the chest, with rhinestones along the border, and gray fur at each shoulder. Note that the armbands are gone, and that the leather cuffs are bigger and had less rhinestones. There are no rhinestones on the sleeves on this version.
The rest of the costume is made up by a v-shaped belt around the waist, a rhinestone covered choker around his neck, and a pair of black leather platform boots, with a gray fur cover!

eric82a.jpg (40548 Byte)Photos E and F shows the more common version of the costume. Note that the cuffs are different, and that Eric now again wears a pair rhinestone covered armbands. These has all white rhinestones, though! 
As you can see in photo F, the were also a line of rhinestones down the side of this costume.
Picture G is a close-up of the boots, which had a gray furry cover! Note the triangular shape of rhinestones on the tip of the boots. That is almost identical to Eric's 1980 outfit, except these are mainly white and black rhinestones. These boots were only used for photo shoots and various appearances.
Eric didn't play in the platform boots, but he would wear a pair for the bands final bow in front of the audience during concerts. The "concert" boots is seen in photo H, and they had no fur!

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Eric got a new costume for the tour, that started in late December 1982. Photo I shows the new version, which had no sleeves. Also note that this version had two rows of rhinestones down the side.
The fur at the shoulders were seemingly detachable, because a lot of photos (such as photo J) shows the costume without any fur!
Photo K shows Eric with a heart shaped sticker, or pin, attached to his costume... it only appears in a few photos, shot backstage before a concert in 1983!!
Photo L shows a pair of gloves which were also covered with rhinestones, but these were only used with the earlier version of the costume! For concerts Eric wore the gloves seen in photo M!

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