TOUR ISSUED DRUMSTICKS

The magic, heart and soul of is their live performance.  While is world renowned for their merchandising, to many fans, concert used items are far more precious. This historical reference guide to drumsticks is dedicated to the band and its fans. All of the drumsticks on this page are in my collection except where noted*.

 

I've assigned a numbering scheme to be able to differentiate between the drumsticks, especially when multiple variations arise within the same tour.

 

I'm interested in obtaining drumsticks I do not yet have.  As you can see, I am getting very, very close to complete!  *Descriptions in this color green are ones I do not have.  Feel free to contact me if you have one of the ones I need!

 

PC = Peter Criss

EC = Eric Carr

ES = Eric Singer

 

1973-75 KISS / HOTTER THAN HELL / DRESSED TO KILL

 

KISS/ HTH/ DTK Drumsticks

 

KHD-PC1 - Cappella - cobalt blue on natural oak wood - "PROFESSIONAL PERCUSSION PETER CRISS  KISS" in type. Note the different font types for "PROFESSIONAL", " PERCUSSION" AND " PETER CRISS KISS".

 

Note: Professional Percussion was a music store off Broadway in the music district in New York City.  They have been out of business for over 10 years now.  Professional Percussion contracted Cappella to make and print sticks for many artists, including .  They were just standard sticks bought by Professional Percussion and imprinted with Peter Criss's name.

 

1975-77 ALIVE! / DESTROYER / ROCK-N-ROLL OVER

 

Alive!/ Destroyer/ Rock-N-Roll Over Drumsticks

 

ADR-PC1 - Cappella - cobalt blue on natural oak wood - "PRO PERCUSSION PETER CRISS  KISS"

 

1977-78 LOVE GUN / ALIVE II

 

Love Gun/ Alive II Drumsticks

 

AII-PC1 - Calato Regal Tip 5B - black on natural stick PETER CRISS printed above tall, unoutlined logo. Some have the REGAL ROCK logo and some do not. Butt end is rounded.

 

1979 DYNASTY

 

Dynasty Drumsticks

 

DYN-PC1 - Calato Regal Tip 5B - black on natural stick PETER CRISS printed above tall, unoutlined logo. No REGAL ROCK logo. Butt end is sort of squared off.

 

1980  UNMASKED

 

Palladium drumstick

 

UNM-EC1 - Ludwig 5B generic sticks - blue on natural wood.  (Note: This exact stick was used 7/25/80 at the Palladium in NYC during Eric's very first show. This stick comes from the collection of renowned early collector, Vinny Gonzales.)

 

Eric Carr hand signed Ludwig drumstick from Unmasked Tour

 

UNM-EC2 - Ludwig 2B generic sticks - blue on natural wood - (Note: this one hand signed by Eric)

 

Note: Eric did not have a drumstick endorsement for his first tour. However, he did have a drum endorsement with Ludwig, who supplied him with generic models of their sticks for the tour.  He tried a variety of sizes including 2B, 5B and 1S.

 

1981 ELDER (recording sessions)

 

Elder Recording Session drumsticks

 

ELD-EC1 - Manny's 5B - blue print on natural wood.  (Supposedly used during the studio sessions for recording The Elder. The album was not toured except for a brief three song appearance on the TV show "Friday's".)

 

Note: Manny's Music is a well known musical instrument store in NYC, who incidentally are now owned by Sam Ash. I received this photo a few years ago from a friend that bought them from Vinny Gonzales.  When I obtained one of Eric's road cases, there was a Manny's shopping bag inside!

 

1982-83 CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

10th Anniversary Tour

 

COTN Drumsticks - Calato

 

CRE-EC1 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - black on natural wood - small, unoutlined logo.  Signature is thinner and further up the stick than in later years.

 

COTN drumsticks - Rug Caddy

 

CRE-EC2 - Rug Caddy 2B - silver on maple - tiny outlined logo/ ERIC CARR printed

 

Note: Rug Caddy, an L.A. based company owned by Beato (who were making drum gloves for Eric) were trying to get Eric to also buy their new line of Canadian maple drumsticks.  But these were too light and too soft and Eric snapped them like twigs.

 

1983-84 LICK IT UP

 

Lick It Up Drumsticks - Rug Caddy

Eric also used this type of drumstick during the taping of the ABC TV show Friday's.

 

LIU-EC1 - Rug Caddy 2B- black on maple - tiny outlined logo / ERIC CARR printed

 

Note: Rug Caddy, an L.A. based company owned by Beato (who were making drum gloves for Eric) were trying to get Eric to also buy their new line of Canadian maple drumsticks.  But these were too light and too soft and Eric snapped them like twigs.

 

Lick It Up drumsticks - Cappella

 

LIU-EC2 - Cappella - cobalt blue on natural wood - ERIC CARR / KISS printed

 

Lick It Up ProMark drumsticks

 

LIU-EC3 - Pro-Mark oak 5B - brown on natural oak wood - ERIC CARR - KISS printed (I only have one of these. I'm looking for a mate to it.)

 

1984-85 ANIMALIZE

 

Animalize Drumsticks - oak

 

ANI-EC1 - Pro-Mark oak 5B - brown on natural oak wood - Eric Carr printed / no logo

 

Animalize Drumsticks - hickory

 

ANI-EC2 - Pro-Mark hickory 5B - brown on natural hickory wood - ERIC CARR - KISS printed

 

Notes: Although all the sticks I have seen from Animalize are Pro-Marks, Calato told me they continued to make Regal Tip sticks for Eric during these years, but I do not have any information on what they looked like. Based on a photo someone sent me and what I received in my road case, I am assuming he used generic Calatos because of his Pro-Mark contract.  But that is just a guess.

 

Also, both Pro-Mark and Eric's drum tech confirmed he also used Pro-Mark 2B sticks.  I do not have much information on what they looked like, although I did receive a report from someone who received one at the Phoenix, AZ show and she said it was a generic Pro-Mark stick (no name or logo) that has the same colorings as the 5B shown above.

 

1985-86 ASYLUM 

 

Asylum drumsticks

 

ASY-EC1 - Pro-Mark oak 5B - brown on natural oak wood - Eric Carr printed in red / no logo

 

1987-88 CRAZY NIGHTS 

 

Crazy Nights (version 1) drumsticks

 

CRA-EC1 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - black sig / black outlined logo - Regal Tip logo in very bold print

 

Crazy Nights (version 2) drumsticks

 

CRA-EC2 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - silver sig / silver outlined logo on plain wood sticks

 

Crazy Nights (version 3) drumsticks

 

CRA-EC3 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - silver sig / silver outlined logo on painted white sticks

 

Crazy Nights (version 4) drumsticks

 

CRA-EC4 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - silver sig / silver outlined logo on painted eggshell sticks

 

Crazy Nights (version 5) drumsticks

 

CRA-5 - Same as CRA-EC2 or CRA-EC3 with fluorescent Day-Glo orange paint applied over them. The same markings are present, just tough to see in the scan. Used during his drum solo.

 

1989 PAUL STANLEY SOLO TOUR
(with Gary Corbett, Eric Singer, Bob Kulick, Dennis St. James)

 

Paul Stanley Solo Drumsticks

 

ES1- Pro-Mark TX-2B - black ink on hickory stick - name printed in bold type

 

1990 HOT IN THE SHADE

 

Hot In The Shade (version 1) Drumsticks

 

HITS-EC1 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - black sig / black outlined logo on painted eggshell sticks.

 

Hot In The Shade (version 2) Drumsticks

(Note: The bottom stick with the tape mark is from Eric's very last show at MSG on 11/9/90.  RIP, Eric!)

 

HITS-EC2 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - black  sig / outlined logo - Regal Tip logo in italicized typed print.

 

Hot In The Shade (version 3) Drumsticks

 

HITS-EC3 - Same as HITS-EC2 - with fluorescent Day-Glo orange paint applied over them. Used during his drum solo.

 

Hot In Ths Shade (version 4) Drumsticks

 

HITS-EC4 - Calato Regal Tip 2B - black  sig / outlined logo - Regal Tip logo in very bold green print with Regal Tip's stickman figure

 

Hot In Ths Shade (generic) Drumsticks

 

HITS-EC5 - Calato Regal Tip 2B generic sticks (used when he ran out of signature models)

 

1992 REVENGE CLUB

 

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RVC-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - black on hickory - sig / outlined logo

 

Revenge Club Flat Red Drumsticks

 

RVC-ES2 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - red on hickory - sig / outlined logo / Zildjian logo

 

1992-95 REVENGE / ALIVE III

 

Revenge Metallic Red Drumsticks

 

REV-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic red on hickory - sig / outlined logo / Zildjian logo

 

Revenge Metallic Purple Drumsticks

 

REV-ES2 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic purple on hickory - sig/ outlined logo / Zildjian logo

 

1995 KONVENTIONS / MTV Unplugged

 

Konvention Black Promo Drumsticks

 

KON-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - silver on black sticks - sig. / outlined KISS logo  / Zildjian logo

 

Note: Eric signed a deal with ZILDJIAN in the Spring of 1994 for an "Artist Series" which would be sold in stores. In order to celebrate, Eric had these promo sticks made and gave them away at Conventions. (Only 168 pairs were made. He never played any shows with them.)

 

Konvention Metallic Red Artist Series Drumsticks

 

KON-ES2 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic red on hickory - sig /outlined logo / Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

Note: The "Artist Series" sticks are the same model Eric was using previously and closely copied the logo designs of his original sticks. They have a shorter logo and the words "Artist Series" above the slightly smaller Zildjian logo and "Selected Hickory" below. Eric used the same "Artist Series" as sold in the stores.

 

1996-97  ALIVE / WORLDWIDE (REUNION)

 

Reunion Drumsticks (style 1)

 

REU-PC1 - Easton Ahead 2B model PC3 black sticks with white autograph, Rock-n-Roll Over cat face & logo. Black metal handles made of aircraft aluminum, black polyurethane neck covers and white Zytel nylon tips.  Note sticks include the "Easton" logo on the back side.  Used on first U.S. leg of tour before Easton sold the product line to Big Bang Distributors.

 

Reunion Drumsticks (style 2)

  

REU-PC2 - Same as Reunion REU-PC1 except "Made in USA" appears instead of the Easton logo on the back side. Easton sold the product line, although they still are involved in the manufacturing of the components.

 

1998-99  PSYCHO CIRCUS

 

Psycho Circus Drumsticks

 

PSY-PC1 - Same as Reunion REU-PC2 - Ahead 2B model PC3 black metal sticks with white autograph, Rock-n-Roll Over cat face & logo. Black metal handles made of aircraft aluminum, black polyurethane neck covers and white Zytel nylon tips.  "Made in USA" appears on the back side.

 

2000-01  FAREWELL

 

Farewell (Concert version) Drumsticks

 

FAR-PC1 - Ahead 5B black metal sticks with white autograph, drum tattoo & logo. Black metal handles made of aircraft aluminum, black polyurethane neck covers and white Zytel nylon tips.  Similar to his Reunion REU-PC2, except cat face logo replaced by drum tattoo logo. These are much thinner than his Reunion & Psycho Circus sticks.  .595" diameter, .030" wall, long taper, 16" long.

 

Farewell (Studio version) Drumsticks

 

FAR-PC2 - Ahead 5B black metal sticks. Similar to  FAR-PC1 but 3/8" longer and slightly thicker than the Concert sticks. Peter tends to favor these and often used these in concert as well.   .595" diameter, .035" wall, long taper, 16 3/8" long.

 

Farewell Metallic Green Drumsticks - Japan

 

FAR-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic green on hickory - sig/ outlined logo / Artist Series Zildjian logo (used in Japan)

 

Farewell Metallic Blue Drumsticks - Australia

 

FAR-ES2 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic blue on hickory - sig/ outlined logo / Artist Series Zildjian logo (used in Australia)

 

2003 WORLD DOMINATION

 

World Domination Drumsticks - generic Zildjian Jazz

 

WDT-PC1 - generic Zildjian Jazz sticks - black on hickory

 

World Domination Drumsticks - Vater

 

WDT-PC2 - Vater - black on hickory - sig. /outlined logo (only used during the last month of the tour)

 

Note: There were 5 different prototypes (size and tips) offered to Peter to try and gain his endorsement, but the tour ended before a deal could be signed and the sticks were never mass produced. Each one was numbered differently from 1 to 5.

 

2004-06  ROCK THE NATION / RISING SUN

 

Rock The Nation drumsticks

 

RTN-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic red on hickory - sig. / Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

Note: Eric also had metallic red & blue logo'd sticks made to sell at the merchandise booths on the RTN tour.  Those can be found on the Related Drumsticks page.

 

2007-2011

HIT-N-RUN / ALIVE 35 / SONIC BOOM / HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH

 

Alive 35 drumsticks

 

A35-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic red on hickory - sig. / Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

Notes: These say "Select Hickory USA" instead of "Selected Hickory". Eric also had different versions of sticks made to sell at the merchandise booths on these tours.  Those can be found on the Related Drumsticks page.

 

2012  THE TOUR

 

The Tour drumsticks

 

THE-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic purple on hickory - sig/ outlined logo / Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

Note: Eric also had different versions of sticks made to sell at the merchandise booths.  Those can be found on the Related Drumsticks page.

 
 

2013  MONSTER

 

 

Monster drumsticks

MON-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic green on hickory - sig/ outlined logo / Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

Notes: Eric used the same "Artist Series" as sold in the stores. Eric also had different versions of sticks made to sell at the merchandise booths.  Those can be found on the Related Drumsticks page.

 
 

2014-15  40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

 

 

40th Anniversary Tour drumsticks

 

40TH-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic red on hickory - sig/ outlined 40 YEARS / Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

40th Anniversary Tour drumsticks

 

40TH-ES2 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic red foil on hickory - 40 YEARS Decades of Decibels logo / outlined KISS logo / sig. /  Zildjian USA logo

 

Note: Eric also had different versions of sticks made to sell at the merchandise booths.  Those can be found on the Related Drumsticks page.

 

2015 KISS KRUISE V
(October 30 - November 3, 2015)

 

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KKV-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic green on hickory sticks - large KISS logo / sig. /  "KISS KRUISE V" logo/  Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

Note: Eric also had different versions of sticks made to sell at the merchandise booths.  Those can be found on the Related Drumsticks page.

 

2016 FREEDOM TO ROCK TOUR

 

Freedom To Rock Tour drumsticks

 

FTR-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic blue on hickory sticks - giant KISS logo / Chikara/ sig. [over] catman icon/ Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

Note: Eric also had different versions of sticks made to sell at the merchandise booths.  Those can be found on the Related Drumsticks page.

 

2017-18 KISSWORLD TOUR

 

KISSworld 2017 Tour drumsticks

KISSworld 2017 Tour drumsticks

 

KW-ES1 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - metallic green on hickory sticks - giant KISS logo / Chikara/ sig. [over] catman icon/ Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

KW-ES2 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - black on hickory sticks - giant KISS logo / Chikara/ sig. [over] catman icon/ Artist Series Zildjian logo

 

2018 KISS KRUISE VIII
(October 31 - November 5, 2018)

 

2018 KISS Kruise drumsticks

 

KK8 - ZILDJIAN - 16" .620 diameter - black on hickory sticks - KISS KRUISE '18 / ERIC SINGER  / Artist Series Zildjian logo

 
 

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