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December 31, 1998


Detroit, MI
The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Promoter: Belkin/Cellar Door Productions
Other act(s): Caroline's Spine
Reported audience: 14,431 **SOLD-OUT
Reported gross: $936,635

Set list(s):

Psycho Circus
Shout It Out Loud
Do You Love Me?
Shock Me
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Calling Dr. Love
Into The Void
King Of The Night Time World
God Of Thunder
Cold Gin
Love Gun
100,000 Years
Rock And Roll All Nite
Detroit Rock City
Black Diamond


- From a local review: "Every KISS show is like a New Year's Eve party -- the fireworks, the explosions, the flashing lights, the blood, the sex, the liquored-up fans. It was all there Thursday night when KISS helped 12,000 Detroit-area fans ring -- or wring -- in the New Year at The Palace. It wasn't a particularly impressive performance by KISS standards. Their last appearance at The Palace two years ago was much more impressive, maybe because the band was more intense. Considering that this was New Year's Eve in one of the band's favorite towns, the show had all the scripted spontaneity of a 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' special. Of course, KISS brings a few distinctive touches to the celebration. Sure, they had a countdown. Yes, they did it during their party hardy anthem 'Rock and Roll All Nite.' But the only time you'll see people spitting blood, men flying through the air or blasting rockets from their guitars is at a KISS concert -- or a party where the host has spiked the champagne. Midnight revelry aside, Thursday's return of the reunited, makeup-wearing KISS was not much different from their last Palace stop, when their much-vaunted reunion tour was in full swing. This reunion redux plays like a greatest hits of song and stage...

The new songs didn't rouse the crowd much, although guitarist Ace Frehley's autobiographical 'Into the Void' fared best. Similarly, the group's famous stunts have been dusted off again. Surly bassist Gene Simmons does his blood-dripping, fly-to-the-rafters act during 'God of Thunder.' Frehley's guitar still flies (although it failed to catch fire, figuratively and literally, during a too-long guitar solo segment). Drummer Peter Criss' platform rises above the stage and the first few rows. New touches included overused three-dimensional video effects that ranged from the mundane (each member pointing their instruments at the camera) to the spectacular (particularly the animation during 'Into the Void'). Before the show, 3-D glasses were handed out, and just in case fans couldn't figure it out, the screen instructed when to put them on and take them off" (Flint Journal, 1/2/99).

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