|Tour by Kiss|
|Start date||June 15, 1979|
|End date||December 16, 1979|
|No. of shows||82 played, 8 cancelled|
|Kiss concert chronology|
The Dynasty Tour, also known as "The Return of Kiss", was the first tour to feature the famous flying stunt by Gene Simmons. This was also the first tour to feature Ace Frehley's "lighted guitar" and his rocket-shooting guitar, where after his smoke-spewing guitar solo, the still-smoking guitar would float up. As it was floating upward, he would appear with another guitar, aim the neck at the floating guitar, shoot the rockets, and blow it up. John Elder Robison, who served as a technician for the band during the late 1970's, documented the lengths he went to create the elaborate effects for the tour. A trick was designed for Paul Stanley that involved his putting on a headset and shooting a laser out of his left eye to mock the effect seen in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park the year before. After several runthroughs, both Stanley and manager Bill Aucoin nixed the idea, citing the danger involved.
The tour, dubbed "The Return Of Kiss", also saw a decline in audience. Additional dates at the Pontiac Silverdome were cancelled. Reviews and recordings have confirmed the tour was also of poor musical quality. This was the last tour with Peter Criss on drums until 1996. He would later admit he would intentionally stop playing during shows just to upset the rest of the band.
This tour is also famous for being the only tour to feature songs from all four members’ solo albums. Simmons performed "Radioactive", Criss performed "Tossin' and Turnin'", Frehley performed "New York Groove", and Stanley performed "Move On". Simmons' and Criss' songs were replaced with more familiar songs early in the tour. Criss' song "Dirty Livin" was reportedly rehearsed, but never performed.
Frehley stated in various interviews that Kiss was becoming a youth-oriented band. It was because kids were showing up dressed in costume and make-up for their shows along with their parents.
In the tour program for the band's final tour, Stanley reflected on the tour:
I designed the stage while I was in the studio in 1978 producing a band called New England. Kiss was selling a lot of behind-the-stage seats, and I wanted everyone in the audience to feel that they weren't forgotten, so I came up with a multi-level hexagon where we were free to roam and sing from many vantage points. Most of our stages have been dark overall and I thought we would stand out a lot more on a white stage. Because we had reached iconic proportions as a band and I knew the anticipation for us at the shows would be huge I thought rising from inside the stage and holding a frozen pose would make us that larger than life by our presence alone setting off the crowd. In hindsight I think had we stayed in classic black and silver outfits it would have contrasted the stage and been much more powerful. The multi colored outfits made it all look a bit too Vegas for me and it took away the edge. The stage was really unique in that it almost looked like a massive monument rather that your typical one level flat rectangular stage. I loved it.
|June 14, 1979||Lakeland||Lakeland Civic Center||More rehearsal time|
|June 20, 1979||Savannah||Savannah Civic Center||Low ticket sales|
|July 1, 1979||Atlanta||The Omni||Low ticket sales|
|July 14, 1979||Pontiac||Pontiac Silverdome||Temp Hold Date|
|July 22, 1979||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh Civic Arena||Low ticket sales|
|July 27, 1979||New York City||Madison Square Garden||Temp Hold Date / rerouting of tour|
|July 28, 1979|
|September 29, 1979||Bloomington||Metropolitan Sports Center||Low ticket sales|
|November 23, 1979||Portland||Portland Memorial Coliseum||Fire marshall refused to issue a permit|
Box office score dataEdit
|July 16||Lexington||Rupp Arena||9,480||$92,500|||
|July 21||Pittsburgh||Civic Arena||13,873||$142,352|
|August 14||Nashville||Municipal Auditorium||9,900||$113,148|||
|August 16||Birmingham||Jefferson Coliseum||12,213||$112,341|
|November 19||Vancouver, Canada||Pacific Coliseum||14,271||$145,399|||
|November 21||Seattle||Seattle Center Coliseum||14,000||$133,000|
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