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The KISS Alive/Worldwide 96/97Tour (also known as the Reunion Tour) was a 1996–1997 concert tour by American hard rock band Kiss. It was the first tour with original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley since their 1979 Dynasty Tour. The tour grossed $43.7 million, making it the most successful Kiss tour to date. Average attendance was 14,000.
|Tour by Kiss|
|Start date||June 15, 1996|
|End date||July 5, 1997|
|No. of shows||193 played, 8 cancelled|
|Kiss concert chronology|
The reunion tour prompted many 80's metal bands to also do reunion tours, however KISS' was the first and most successful.
Shows included the June 15 warmup gig in Irvine, California, during which a stray firework ignited part of the stage; the August 8 show in Cincinnati, where a fan threw his prosthetic leg on stage, which all the members signed and handed back to him; the January 22 show in Osaka, Japan, where Gene Simmons lost his voice, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley had to sing most of the songs; and the April 5 show in Columbus, Georgia, where, due to health reasons, Peter Criss could not perform, and because the group decided to not cancel the show since the doors were already open, Criss's drum tech Eddie Kanon took the stage in Criss's "cat" make-up. There was a short set played for MTV Music Awards before starting the US second leg, on September 4 at Fulton Ferry Landing under the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC. Setlist for the show: "Rock and Roll All Nite" / "New York Groove" / "Deuce" / "Calling Dr. Love" / "Love Gun".
The setlists for the tour drew almost exclusively from the band's 1970s heyday and did not include any songs from their non-make-up era. Only one song from the band's 1980s catalogue ("Shandi" from Unmasked) was played. The band did this because they believed that since they were touring with their original lineup, they should be faithful to the era with the material performed.
Alice in Chains were among many of the supporting acts on this tour. This would turn out to be their last tour featuring late vocalist Layne Staley with the final live appearance being on July 3, 1996, in Kansas City, Missouri. Shortly after the show, Staley was found unresponsive after he overdosed on heroin and was taken to the hospital. Although he recovered, the band was forced to go on hiatus. Layne would never perform live again and lived in isolation until his death on April 5, 2002.
- "King of the Night Time World"
- "Do You Love Me?"
- "Calling Dr. Love"
- "Cold Gin"
- "Love Gun"
- "Shout It Out Loud"
- "Watchin' You"
- "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley guitar solo)
- "Rock Bottom"
- "God of Thunder" (Gene Simmons bass solo, spits blood and flies), (Peter Criss drum solo)
- "New York Groove"
- "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"
- "100,000 Years"
- "Black Diamond"
|September 4, 1996||Boise, Idaho||BSU Pavilion||Cancelled to appear on the MTV Video Music Awards.|
|November 28, 1996||Madrid, Spain||Palacio de los Deportes||Cancelled due to the French Road Transport Strike|
|November 29, 1996||Zaragoza, Spain||Sala Multiusos|
|January 28, 1997||Yokohama, Japan||Yokohama Arena||Cancelled due to low ticket sales|
|May 7, 1997||Yakima, WA||Yakima SunDome||Cancelled due to needing more rehearsal time for the European tour|
|May 9, 1997||Reno, Nevada||Lawlor Events Center|
|May 10, 1997||San Francisco, California||Cow Palace|
|May 26, 1997||Warsaw, Poland||Stadion Gwardia||Cancelled due to low ticket sales|
|June 28, 1997||Lisbon, Portugal||Estadio Nacional|
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