Sunday, June 15, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1979 | Source: wikipedia

Today In KISStory - June 15, 1979: KISS kick off the Dynasty Tour at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.

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'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. A trick was designed for Paul that involved him 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 run-throughs both Paul and Bill Aucoin said no to 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. This was the last tour with Peter Criss on drums until 1996.

This tour is also famous for being the only tour to feature songs from all four members solo albums. Gene performed "Radioactive", Peter performed "Tossin and Turnin", Ace performed "New York Groove", and Paul performed "Move On". Gene and Peter's songs were replaced with more familiar songs early in the tour. Peter's song "Dirty Livin" was reportedly rehearsed, but never performed.

Ace Frehley stated in various interviews that Kiss was becoming a youth-oriented band. It was because kids were showing up dressed in costume and makeup for their shows along with their parents. As a result many teenage fans felt alienated and were turned off by the band.

Above is a short video of fan photos taken during that KISS show.