Unmasked Tour

The Unmasked Tour was a concert tour by the American hard rock band Kiss. It was the first tour not to feature original drummer Peter Criss, and the touring debut of his replacement Eric Carr.[1]

Unmasked Tour
Tour by Kiss
Unmasked Düsseldorf Tour Poster.jpg
Official tour advertisement for Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, September 12, 1980
Associated albumUnmasked
Start dateJuly 25, 1980
End dateDecember 3, 1980
No. of shows42
Kiss concert chronology


The Unmasked tour was the first time that Kiss only played in Europe, Australia,[2] and New Zealand, with only one show played in the United States, at the Palladium Theatre in New York.[3] "Cold Gin" returned to the set for the first time since the Rock & Roll Over Tour, and featured Ace Frehley on lead vocals, rather than Simmons who had sung the song on all previous tours on which it was performed. "You're All That I Want" was performed briefly, but was quickly dropped. "Strutter", which had not been performed live since the Destroyer Tour, returned to the set as well. Iron Maiden were the opening act for the European leg of the tour.[4][5] British heavy rock band Girl supported Kiss at Stafford, Bingley Hall. During an autograph session from the band while on tour in West Germany, more than 2,000 fans in Frankfurt ended up causing severe traffic jams. The West Germany concerts would bring in a total of 100,000 fans.[6] The stage show and costumes, with the exception of Carr and Stanley, were holdovers from the Dynasty Tour.

This would be the last tour that Ace Frehley would perform with Kiss until the 1996 reunion tour.[7]

In the tour program for the band's final tour, Stanley reflected on the tour:

Playing Australia in 1980 was amazing. We were big beyond any comprehension. When we were first told that we were huge in Australia I really didn't have any idea what that meant until we went there. When people were saying you're as big as The Beatles were that's kind of hard to comprehend until you get off a plane and there's thousands of people at an airport and there's thousands of people camping outside your hotel and we couldn't leave the hotels. "Shandi" had already been a hit there. We were the front headline of the papers for virtually three or four weeks. It reached the point where I was asking that we not have any more parties because literally every night the promoter threw a party for us.[8]


Roman Kozak, a reviewer from the magazine Billboard gave the performance a positive review. He opened his review, noting of the lineup changes with the introduction of the new drummer Eric Carr. Regarding the show, he acknowledged the performance as the typical Kiss show, but noted that the band were performing on a smaller stage than usual, with the performance being basically the same, with the inclusion of loud musical energy, special effects and lighting. He cited the change in the band's sound being more "melodic" and "pop-side", but still gave the fans the hard rock and heavy metal they wanted, taking note that the song "Talk to Me" was well-received by the audience.[9]


  1. "Detroit Rock City"
  2. "Cold Gin"
  3. "Strutter"
  4. "Calling Dr. Love"
  5. "Firehouse"
  6. "Talk to Me"
  7. "Is That You?"
  8. "2,000 Man"
  9. "I Was Made for Lovin' You"
  10. "New York Groove"
  11. "Love Gun"
  12. "God of Thunder"
  13. "Rock and Roll All Nite"


  1. "Shout It Out Loud"
  2. "King of the Night Time World"
  3. "Black Diamond"
  • "You're All That I Want" was played until Nuremberg show.
  • "Shandi" was added as the fourth song in Oceania.

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
Warm Up[10]
July 25, 1980 New York City United States The Palladium The Rockats
August 29, 1980 Rome Italy Castel Sant'Angelo Iron Maiden
August 31, 1980 Genova Palasport di Genova
September 2, 1980 Milan Velodromo Vigorelli
September 5, 1980 Stafford United Kingdom Bingley Hall Girl
September 6, 1980 Queensferry Deeside Leisure Centre
September 8, 1980 London Wembley Arena
September 9, 1980
September 11, 1980 Nuremberg West Germany Messezentrum Nuremberg Iron Maiden
September 12, 1980 Düsseldorf Philips Halle
September 13, 1980 Frankfurt Rebstock-Gelände
September 15, 1980 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
September 17, 1980 Sindelfingen Messehalle
September 18, 1980 Munich Olympiahalle
September 20, 1980 Kassel Eissporthalle
September 21, 1980 Brussels Belgium Forest National
September 23, 1980 Avignon France Parc des Expositions de Châteaublanc
September 24, 1980 Lyon Palais des Sports de Gerland
September 27, 1980 Paris Hippodrome de Pantin
September 28, 1980 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
September 30, 1980 Köln West Germany Köln Sporthalle
October 1, 1980 Bremen Stadthalle Bremen
October 2, 1980 Hannover Niedersachsenhalle
October 4, 1980 Hamburg Ernst-Merck-Halle
October 5, 1980 Leiden Netherlands Groenoordhallen
October 6, 1980 Karlsruhe West Germany Schwarzwaldhalle
October 9, 1980 Stockholm Sweden Eriksdalshallen
October 10, 1980 Gothenburg Scandinavium
October 11, 1980 Copenhagen Denmark Brøndbyhallen
October 13, 1980 Drammen Norway Drammenshallen
November 8, 1980 Perth Australia Perth Entertainment Centre The Eyes
November 9, 1980
November 10, 1980
November 11, 1980
November 15, 1980 Melbourne VFL Park
November 18, 1980 Adelaide Adelaide Oval
November 21, 1980 Sydney Sydney Showground
November 22, 1980
November 25, 1980 Brisbane Lang Park
November 30, 1980 Wellington New Zealand Athletic Park Techtones
December 3, 1980 Auckland Western Springs Stadium

Cancelled datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Reason
May 19, 1980 Oslo Norway Ekeberghallen Extended time needed to find replacement for Peter Criss
May 21, 1980 Copenhagen Denmark Brøndbyhallen
May 23, 1980 Stockholm Sweden Eriksdalshallen
May 24, 1980 Gothenburg Scandinavium
May 27, 1980 Munich West Germany Olympiahalle
May 28, 1980 Zwolle Netherlands IJsselhallen
May 30, 1980 Rotterdam Ahoy Rotterdam
May 31, 1980 Brussels Belgium Forest National
June 3, 1980 Saarbrücken West Germany Saarlandhalle
June 4, 1980 Paris France Pavillon de Paris
June 5, 1980 Lyon Palais des Sports de Gerland
June 7, 1980 Avignon Parc des Expositions de Châteaublanc
June 8, 1980 Fréjus Arènes de Fréjus
June 10, 1980 Barcelona Spain Palau dels Esports de Barcelona
June 11, 1980 Madrid Pabellón de la Ciudad Deportiva del Real Madrid
June 14, 1980 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 15, 1980 Sindelfingen West Germany Messehalle
June 16, 1980 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
June 18, 1980 Eppelheim Rhein-Neckar-Halle
June 20, 1980 Köln Köln Sporthalle
June 21, 1980 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
June 22, 1980 Bremen Stadthalle Bremen
June 23, 1980 Hamburg Ernst-Merck-Halle
June 25, 1980 Brighton United Kingdom Brighton Centre
June 27, 1980 London Wembley Arena
June 28, 1980
July 1, 1980 Stafford Bingley Hall
July 3, 1980 Edinburgh Royal Highland Showground
August 9, 1980 Mexico City Mexico Unknown Venue Promoter couldn't obtain the necessary permits
August 10, 1980
August 11, 1980
August 12, 1980 Guadalajara
August 14, 1980 Monterrey
August 24, 1980 Cascais Portugal Pavilhão de Cascais
August 25, 1980
August 30, 1980 Perugia Italy Stadio Renato Curi
August 31, 1980 Bologna Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
September 26, 1980 Lille France Lille Grand Palais Low ticket sales
October 16, 1980 Paris Hippodrome de Pantin
October 20, 1980 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
October 21, 1980
October 24, 1980
October 27, 1980 Kyoto
October 28, 1980 Nagoya
October 29, 1980 Osaka
October 30, 1980



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