The Kiss Tour was Kiss' first album support tour. Sometimes known as the First Tour, it also encompassed several shows before and after the "official" dates.
|Promotional tour by Kiss|
|Start date||February 5, 1974|
|End date||October 4, 1974|
|No. of shows||84|
|Kiss concert chronology|
After the first performances, Stanley changed the bandit makeup to the iconic Starchild makeup. Stage props used for this tour were fire engine lights, a drum riser, sparkling drumsticks, Simmons spitting blood and breathing fire, a lighted logo of the band's name, Frehley's smoking guitar and flamethrowers.
When the band was an opening act for Argent on May 2, 1974 in Comstock Park, they were only allowed to perform eight songs as Argent told them the rules, resulting in the headliners shutting off the power to Kiss' equipment when the audience wanted Kiss to perform more songs. Rush opened for Kiss at the Centennial Hall in London, Ontario on July 25 during the tour, which was also John Rutsey's final performance with Rush. The opening act ended up impressing the band so much at that concert that they continued on tour with Rush as the opening act. Kiss took most of August off from the tour to record their follow-up album, Hotter Than Hell.
In the tour program for the band's final tour, Simmons reflected on the tour:
Being in Kiss in the very first year and touring around the United States, we felt like we were taking off. It was like somebody pushing you into the deep end of the pool whether you can swim or not. The early years of Kiss were far from glamorous. We rode in a station wagon hundreds of miles every day. We would take turns driving and sleeping in the back. We ate burgers at roadside taverns. We stopped and peed on the side of long stretches of highway when we couldn't find a town anywhere near. We ate beans and franks, because we couldn't afford better food as we were on a $85 a week salary! Becoming a rock star was better than anything and beyond anything I ever imagined. There were moments of doubt for me that we were gonna make it.
A reporter from the Winnipeg Free Press who attended the Taché Hall performance in Winnipeg on February 8 which was part of the "Festival of Life and Learning", noted the number of visual effects that notably were smoke bombs, dry ice on the song "Firehouse", as well as the flashing lights and hydraulic lift for the drummer. The reporter however, noted the responses from the audience who were shocked, with others in attendance "sitting on their hands for the majority of the performance".
- "Nothin' to Lose"
- "Cold Gin"
- "Kissin' Time"
- "Let Me Know"
- "Acrobat" ("Love Theme from Kiss")
- "100,000 Years" (with bass solo and drum solo)
- "Black Diamond"
- "Baby, Let Me Go" ("Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll")
|February 5, 1974||Edmonton, Alberta||Canada||Dinwoodie Lounge||Barbarossa|
|February 6, 1974||Calgary, Alberta||Jubilee Auditorium|
|February 8, 1974||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Taché Hall||Mood Jga Jga|
|February 17, 1974||Long Beach, California||United States||Civic Auditorium||Rory Gallagher|
|February 18, 1974||Los Angeles, California||Los Angeles Room||—|
|February 21, 1974||Aquarius Theater|
|March 22, 1974||Devon, Pennsylvania||Valley Forge Music Fair||Redbone|
|March 23, 1974||New York City, New York||Academy of Music||Argent|
|March 24, 1974||Owings Mills, Maryland||Painter's Mill Music Fair||Aerosmith|
|March 25, 1974||Washington, D.C.||The Bayou||—|
|March 29, 1974||Asbury Park, New Jersey||Sunshine In Concert Hall||Renaisssance|
|March 31, 1974||St. Louis, Missouri||Aviation Field||Thirteenth Floor|
|April 1, 1974||Cleveland, Ohio||Agora Ballroom||Rory Gallagher|
|April 3, 1974||Columbus, Ohio||The Agora|
|April 7, 1974||Detroit, Michigan||Michigan Palace||Aerosmith|
Mojo Boogie Band
|April 8, 1974||Dekalb, Illinois||University Center Ballroom||Conqueror Worm|
|April 12, 1974||Detroit, Michigan||Michigan Palace||Blue Öyster Cult|
|April 13, 1974|
|April 14, 1974||Louisville, Kentucky||Beggar's Banquet||Thunderhead|
|April 15, 1974||Nashville, Tennessee||Muther's Music Emporium||Max Onion|
|April 16, 1974|
|April 17, 1974||Memphis, Tennessee||Lafayette Music Room||Kathi McDonald|
|April 18, 1974|
|April 19, 1974||Chicago, Illinois||Aragon Ballroom||Quicksilver Messenger Service|
|April 21, 1974||Charlotte, North Carolina||Flash's||Ritual|
|April 27, 1974||Passaic, New Jersey||Capitol Theatre||Blue Öyster Cult|
|May 2, 1974||Comstock Park, Michigan||Thunder Chicken||Argent|
|May 3, 1974||St. Louis, Missouri||Ambassador Theatre|
|May 9, 1974||Parsippany, New Jersey||The Joint in the Woods||Sweetwater|
|May 12, 1974||Wyandotte, Michigan||Benjamin Yack Recreational Center||Savoy Brown|
|May 14, 1974||Fraser, Michigan||Fraser Hockeyland Arena|
|May 16, 1974||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Canada||Centennial Concert Hall||Savoy Brown|
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
|May 17, 1974||Edmonton, Alberta||Kinsmen Fieldhouse|
|May 18, 1974||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Saskatoon Arena|
|May 19, 1974||Lethbridge, Alberta||Exhibition Pavilion|
|May 20, 1974||Calgary, Alberta||Foothills Arena|
|May 24, 1974||Portland, Oregon||United States||Paramount Northwest Theater|
|May 25, 1974||Seattle, Washington||Paramount Theatre|
|May 26, 1974||Spokane, Washington||JFK Pavilion|
|May 27, 1974||Olympia||St. Martin's Capitol Pavilion||Savoy Brown|
|May 28, 1974||Vancouver, British Columbia||Canada||PNE Gardens Auditorium||Savoy Brown|
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
|May 30, 1974||San Diego, California||United States||Sports Arena|
|May 31, 1974||Long Beach, California||Long Beach Auditorium|
|June 1, 1974||San Francisco, California||Winterland Ballroom|
|June 3, 1974||Anchorage, Alaska||Sundowner Drive-In Theater||Savoy Brown|
|June 4, 1974||Fairbanks, Alaska||Baker Field House||Savoy Brown|
|June 12, 1974||Flint, Michigan||IMA Sports Arena||New York Dolls|
|June 14, 1974||Cleveland, Ohio||Allen Theater|
|June 15, 1974||Toronto, Ontario||Canada||Massey Hall|
|June 17, 1974||Asbury Park, New Jersey||United States||Sunshine In||Truth|
|June 19, 1974||Atlanta, Georgia||Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom||Outlaw|
|June 20, 1974|
|June 21, 1974|
|June 22, 1974|
|July 11, 1974||West Palm Beach, Florida||West Palm Beach Auditorium||Blue Öyster Cult|
|July 12, 1974||Orlando, Florida||Jai Alai Fronton|
|July 13, 1974||Tampa Bay, Florida||Curtis Hixon Hall|
|July 14, 1974||Birmingham, Alabama||Birmingham Municipal Auditorium|
|July 16, 1974||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||Independence Hall||Blue Öyster Cult|
New York Dolls
|July 17, 1974||Atlanta, Georgia||Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom||Fat Chance|
|July 18, 1974|
|July 19, 1974||Fayetteville, North Carolina||Cumberland Auditorium||Blue Öyster Cult|
|July 25, 1974||London, Ontario||Canada||Centennial Hall||Rush|
|August 3, 1974||Indianapolis, Indiana||United States||Convention Center||Blue Öyster Cult|
|August 4, 1974||South Bend, Indiana||Morris Civic Auditorium||Blue Öyster Cult|
|September 13, 1974||Kitchener, Ontario||Canada||Sir Wilfrid Laurier Theater||Fludd|
|September 14, 1974||Toronto, Ontario||Victory Theater|
|September 15, 1974||Lock Haven, Pennsylvania||United States||Lockhaven Fieldhouse||Blue Öyster Cult|
|September 16, 1974||Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania||Paramount Theater|
|September 18, 1974||Atlanta, Georgia||Electric Ballroom||Rush|
|September 19, 1974|
|September 20, 1974|
|September 21, 1974||Outlaws|
|September 28, 1974||Detroit, Michigan||Michigan Palace||Roy Wood|
|September 30, 1974||Evansville, Indiana||Evansville Stadium||Billy Preston|
|October 1, 1974||Jacksonville, Alabama||Leone Cole Auditorium||Rush|
|October 4, 1974||Houston, Texas||Music Hall|
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- Winnipeg Free Press, February 11, 1974
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