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For such an iconic tour there isn’t a whole lot of images around.
Add some DESTROYER era live pics here.
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I love it!
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LOVE THIS!
Never ever saw it. I get a special thrill from shots like this that give you the feeling and look as if you were There and In The Audience.
For me Destroyer era (this is picture technically the RARO Tour - you can tell by the drum riser) was the Best look they ever had. To bad they did not continue having stages that played off the album cover theme. A stage similar to the Love Gun “temple” with some white faced girls singing back up on appropriate songs would have been killer.
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How much do you think were the tickets behind the stage?
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Awesome!!!!!
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caligari wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:54 am A stage similar to the Love Gun “temple” with some white faced girls singing back up on appropriate songs would have been killer.
In the MTV era, KISS could have beaten Robert Palmer to the visual punch with an army of identically-styled women in one of their videos.
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Thank you for the amazing photos.
All those kids behind the stage ... "a partial view of KISS"
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kisswah wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:26 am Thank you for the amazing photos.
All those kids behind the stage ... "a partial view of KISS"
I’d like to see a video of one of those shows — i wonder if the band did anything to acknowledge they had fans watching their backs most of the night, like run back up the stairs and point in their direction, toss some picks.
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WOW! Some awesome shots!
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THIS is why I check into the FAQ regularly. THANKS!
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Thank you for the thread and shots! Those are great!
It's quite strange to me, a HUGE fan of this era, how much I hate the overall concept of the Destroyer stage with the awful lighting and those painted backgrounds. In certain shots it really looks like an high school production...
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Great shots the stage look isn't great but its still great to see pics from this era
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caligari wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:56 pmLayout/Plans
These are fantastic!!
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Backstage at Anaheim Stadium
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Onstage New Haven Coliseum
(Paul in his ALIVE! costume)
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Still more KISS...
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kisswah wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:06 am How much do you think were the tickets behind the stage?
Probably the same as front row floor (if not GA), but sometimes there was a variance of a dollar or two (parking fee, early bird discount, a dollar-off because of an obstructed view, etc).

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Great thread! Thanks to all who have posted. I don't think I've ever seen pics of this version of the cat coming up under the drum riser before!
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Amazing! Thank you!
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BC Witch wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:27 pm Great thread! Thanks to all who have posted. I don't think I've ever seen pics of this version of the cat coming up under the drum riser before!
That is a wonderful shot.
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Can we just scrap the EOTR stage and bring THIS back instead, there's still time!
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All these pics are super cool, thanks.
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I can see why KISS wasn't happy with the stage when they first saw it.
Using painted cardboard and painted fabric makes it all look a bit like a school play backdrop.
There is too much going on and the stairs are too small, makes it a bit too campy.
The Love Gun stage was the logical next step. Way simpler, classier and cooler.
But I love that era for the costumes! That's why live in Japan is the BEST! :-)
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Said it before, these gems are what this site is all about for me.
Thanks Julian for providing a place where we can enjoy together. :D
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Very cool pictures and very rare

thanks for sharing
I’ve never seen the single black cat head as a curtain below peters riser



Ashas been said, some of these props appear to be high school production quality, but it was 45 years ago

I didn’t realize they were so “low quality” looking, until these pictures
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That one is RARO tour. Gene’s bass is now studded and it’s the more silver armor. Unusually he’s got boot uppers without the usual shading on the scales, might be replacement ones.
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What was the purpose of the spike?
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BigJohnsFirehouse wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:34 pm Image

That one is RARO tour. Gene’s bass is now studded and it’s the more silver armor. Unusually he’s got boot uppers without the usual shading on the scales, might be replacement ones.
We know.
There are a few other ones too.
It’s established early in the thread that this is
Destroyer ERA pics.
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Some really nice shots here...thanks.
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caligari wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:33 pm
We know.
There are a few other ones too.
It’s established early in the thread that this is
Destroyer ERA pics.
RARO tour isn’t Destroyer era.
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BigJohnsFirehouse wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:18 pm
caligari wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:33 pm
We know.
There are a few other ones too.
It’s established early in the thread that this is
Destroyer ERA pics.
RARO tour isn’t Destroyer era.
The Spirit of 76 Tour with the “Destroyer” COSTUMES was just a few months - They record “RARO”, film some promos, do the “Paul Lynde” - BACK ON TOUR for RARO with MINOR REVISIONS to their costumes & stage - only us KISSGEEKS can really even spot the slight differences.
When people speak of G&R’s “Appetite for Destruction era” they don’t split hairs and talk of the “G&R Lies era”, it’s just a continuation/extension of the previous iconic era.

Mr. Slow even started this thread with a pic that was technically from the RARO Tour, but it’s all the same vibe, nobody’s upset, we are all LOVING the look of KISS in Destroyer themed costumes on the Gothic stage & it’s slightly stripped down revised follow up.

ALL THE PICS BELOW ARE FROM THE RARO TOUR
The Silver Trimmed Drum Riser, The Squat Looking Cats & Gene’s Studded Bass Are The Easy Giveaways...
But everybody is loving seeing them.
So Enjoy!
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Yes, THIS look/version of KISS was my favorite.
A step up from the homemade costume look,
but not to far over the top.
The still looked DANGEROUS.
Not too streamlined or heroic.
Not Vegas.
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KLASSIC KISS ‘76/‘77
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GENE/PAUL/PETER/ACE
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More TOUR BOOK shots...
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Oh my god. Thanks for all the cool new additions. :shock:
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Very cool
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These pictures have all been incredible!
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It's interesting that in this shot and there was another Photo in this Thread that Peter is using his DTK/Alive drum set?

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“Meet me under Ace Frehley.”

This is the one. It Hung outside of Madison Square Garden for many years.
George Kalinsky is the photographer and was, indeed, taken on Feb. 18, 1977 MSG.

Sadly, it was taken down long ago.
And obviously, It was not the poster offered inside "Alive II" on the Merchandise sheet as some have claimed.
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