KISS Concert History

Kiss (often stylized as KIϟϟ) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid–late 1970s with its shocking live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes...

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Oct 06, 2022 –
Oct 09, 2022
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Monster Energy Aftershock 2022
Muse / Slipknot / Evanescence / KISS / Bring Me The Horizon / Papa Roach / My Chemical Romance / Shinedown / A Day to Remember / Stone Temple Pilots / Bullet for My Valentine / Rob Zombie / Judas Priest / Theory of a Deadman / Falling In Reverse / Chevelle / Killswitch Engage / Action Bronson / The Pretty Reckless / Bad Religion / Lamb of God / Halestorm / Apocalyptica / Yungblud / Motionless In White / Underoath / Ghostemane / Thrice / Maggie Lindemann / Enter Shikari / Crown the Empire / Beartooth / Clutch / Alexisonfire / Meshuggah / Bayside / The Struts / Airbourne / Nothing More / Helmet / Ice Nine Kills / Thursday / Jelly Roll / Mothica / Against the Current / The Distillers / The Interrupters / Gwar / The Chats / New Years Day / City Morgue / FEVER 333 / Jinjer / Code Orange / Prong / Zeal & Ardor / Dead Sara / Spiritbox / Crossfaith / Trash Boat / Ho99o9 / poorstacy / Royal & the Serpent / Point North / Amigo the Devil / carolesdaughter / Dirty Honey / Dead Poet Society / Solence / Band-Maid / Warning / The Mysterines / Bloodywood / Jeris Johnson / Plush / Eva Under Fire / Vended / Nita Strauss / Jared James Nichols / Orbit Culture / Ego Kill Talent / Mike's Dead / A-live / Lilith Czar / Zakk Sabbath / Lilith / Crooked Teeth / If I Die First / Archetypes Collide / Classless Act / Superbloom / Nemophila / The Cherry Bombs / TAIPEI HOUSTON Show all bands
Discovery Park Sacramento, CA, US
Sep 24, 2022
Louder Than Life (Day 3)
KISS / Body Count / Rob Zombie / Alice Cooper / Theory of a Deadman / Ill Nino / Chevelle / We Came As Romans / Widow7 / Ghostemane / Cherry Bombs / Jerry Cantrell / Silly Goose / DRUGS / Wargasm / Sevendust / Trash Boat / Sevvven / Pop Evil / The Alive / Tetrarch / Bloodwood / Scarlett O'Hara / Airbourne / Dropout Kings / Redlight King / Solence / Breed Show all bands
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Highland Festival Grounds @ KY Expo Center Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Sep 22, 2022 –
Sep 25, 2022
Louder Than Life
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Highland Festival Grounds @ KY Expo Center Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Sep 21, 2022
KISS
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Ithink Financial Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Sep 15, 2022
at Kentucky Exposition Center
Shinedown / Nine Inch Nails / Rob Zombie / Alanis Morissette / Kings Of Leon / Pearl Jam / Jack White / Evanescence / Father John Misty / Greta Van Fleet / Chris Stapleton / Alice In Chains / Alice Cooper / Lamb of God / Brandi Carlile / Incubus / Bring Me The Horizon / KISS / Slipknot / Red Hot Chili Peppers Show all bands
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Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Sep 10, 2022
KISS - End of the Road Tour
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cbus super stadium Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
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Sep 06, 2022
KISS
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Brisbane Entertainment Centre Boondall, South Australia, Australia
Sep 02, 2022
KISS / Legs Electric
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RAC Arena Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Aug 30, 2022
KISS
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Adelaide Entertainment Centre Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia
Aug 27, 2022
KISS
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Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Aug 26, 2022
KISS / the poor
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Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Aug 23, 2022
End Of The Road Tour
KISS
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Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Aug 21, 2022
End Of The Road Tour
KISS
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Aug 20, 2022
End Of The Road
KISS / Dead City Ruins
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Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Jul 21, 2022
Kiss , End of the Road World Tour
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Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Jul 19, 2022 –
Jul 24, 2022
Paléo Festival 2022
DJ Snake / KISS / Sting / Stromae / Metronomy / Dropkick Murphys / Rag'n'Bone Man / Little Simz / ______ / Orelsan / Pnl / Ninho / Romeo Elvis / Fatoumata Diawara / Turnstile / Francis Cabrel / Sch / Tryo / Third World / Perturbator / Mall Grab / DUB INC / Meute / Bombino / Grand Corps Malade / Juliette Armanet / Feu Chatterton / Red Axes / Gael Faye / ______ / Maxime Le Forestier / Panda dub / ______ / Billx / ______ / Bleu Jeans Bleu / Cimafunk / Manudigital / Catastrophe / Queen Omega / ______ / Meta and the cornerstones / Ascendant Vierge / Marina Satti / Fokn Bois / Blaiz Fayah / Glauque / Les Fils Du Facteur / Kampire / Guiss Guiss Bou Bess / Barrio Colette / Ami Yerewolo / ARKA'N ASRAFOKOR / Caporal Negus Show all bands
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Plaine de l'Asse Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland
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Jul 16, 2022
Rock The City
KISS / Powerwolf / Deep Waters / Saint & Sninners
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Romeexpo Bucharest, Bucureşti, Romania
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Jul 14, 2022
KISS
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BudapestArena Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Jul 13, 2022
KISS
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O2 Arena Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Jul 11, 2022
KISS - "End Of The Road" World Tour
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Verona Arena Verona, Veneto, Italy

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2022 69 concerts
2021 46 concerts
2020 37 concerts
2019 111 concerts
2018 16 concerts
2017 41 concerts
2016 59 concerts
2015 51 concerts
2014 67 concerts
2013 65 concerts
2012 69 concerts
2011 35 concerts
2010 86 concerts
2009 72 concerts
2008 48 concerts
2007 8 concerts
2006 7 concerts
2005 2 concerts
2004 51 concerts
2003 64 concerts
2002 4 concerts
2001 15 concerts
2000 134 concerts
1999 31 concerts
1998 35 concerts
1997 82 concerts
1996 115 concerts
1995 38 concerts
1994 12 concerts
1993 1 concert
1992 82 concerts
1990 124 concerts
1989 3 concerts
1988 100 concerts
1987 33 concerts
1986 70 concerts
1985 84 concerts
1984 116 concerts
1983 100 concerts
1982 3 concerts
1981 1 concert
1980 27 concerts
1979 85 concerts
1978 30 concerts
1977 113 concerts
1976 123 concerts
1975 143 concerts
1974 122 concerts
1973 25 concerts
1971 1 concert
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Dana Reif Jun 02, 2021

I added the concert that I attended on Nov 30th, 1985 in Nashville, TN. I'm pretty sure that Black and Blue opened for them. I remember it well as it is the only time I saw Kiss, and during Eric Carr's drum solo, the PA crapped out and it took about 5 minutes to fix it. If I could add a picture, I'd post my ticket stub.


Edward J Barnes Apr 19, 2020

Missing December 12th 1977 Freedom Hall Louisville KY. Kiss with AC/DC


Hls13 Jul 06, 2019

Great show!!!!


Lljohn2 Jul 15, 2018

I'm sure it's a slight oversight, but KISS/Judas Priest play Roberts Stadium (Evansville, IN) on September 20, 1979 vs. January 6, 1979. I was there...thirteenth birthday present...:)

Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is Kiss?

Kiss is often considered one of earliest and most influential shock rock bands of the 1970s, following in the footsteps of artists like Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. In its earliest years, the band members painted their faces, assumed unique on-stage personas, and engaged in a variety of theatrics from fire-breathing to pyrotechnics and much more. Eventually, the bandmates shed the face paint and assumed a less shocking on-stage persona, shifting from heavy metal and hard rock to softer rock including even pop and disco.

What genre of music is Kiss?

Kiss has produced a diverse range of music over the last several decades, often shifting between quite distinct genres. Arguably, the largest shift occurred early in the band’s days. Between 1973 and 1977, the band produced six albums that are generally categorized as heavy metal or shock rock. Dynasty, the band’s seventh albums was released on May 23, 1970 and marked a dramatic shift in the band’s sound toward disco.

While this alienated many within the existing fanbase who saw the shift from metal to disco as a betrayal to the genre, others welcomed the new sound with the album’s first single “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” peaking at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Over the next several decades, the band would continue experimenting with other genres including progressive rock, glam rock, power pop, pop rock, and much more.

Who were the original Kiss band members?

The founding members of Kiss are:

  • Gene Simmons as co-lead vocalist and bassist
  • Paul Stanley as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist
  • Ace Frehley as lead guitarist and backing vocalist
  • Peter Criss as drummer and backing vocalist

What were the stage personas of the original Kiss members?

Kiss band's successful growth and establishment can largely be attributed to their use of face paint and embracing of on-stage personas. Each member created a unique persona with face-paint designed to symbolize that identity. Stanley was the Starchild, Simmons the demon, Frehley the Spaceman, and Criss the Catman.

When did Kiss start?

Kiss performed its first concert using the name “Kiss” in Queens, New York on January 30, 1973.

Where was Kiss formed?

Kiss was formed in New York City with their first performance at the Popcorn Club in Queens.

What was the original name of the band Kiss?

Prior to forming Kiss, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley formed Wicked Lester, their first band together. In 1972, Wicked Lester disbanded leading Stanley and Simmons to form Kiss with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in early 1973.

What does the name "Kiss" mean?

Contrary to widespread opinion, the band's name has no particular significance. It is simply a name Stanely and the rest of the team liked.

Why did Ace Frehley leave Kiss?

Ace Frehley left Kiss in 1982 because he felt that staying in the band would do him more harm than good. At that time, Frehley had developed substance abuse issues. He believed moving away from the band and the rockstar lifestyle would help him move in a new direction and give him an opportunity to really focus on himself.

Why did Peter Criss leave Kiss?

Peter Criss left the band three times: He first left in 1980 to pursue a solo musical career. In his 2012 memoir, Criss records how he intentionally sabotaged three of the band's final stage performances before his eventual departure.

Criss reunited with Kiss in 1996 for the band’s Alive/Worldwide Tour. However, he was not welcomed back as an actual member; instead, he was considered a paid-on contract member who was paid substantially less than others who were considered full members. He left in 2001 due to a contractual disagreement with the band.

He returned again in 2002, appearing on the Kiss Symphony Alive IV DVD/CD and touring with the band during the Rocksimus Maximus Tour with Aerosmith. After the tour, Criss left the band for the third time.

How long is Gene Simmons's tongue?

Gene Simmon is famously known for his abnormally long tongue, which he often displays during his live performances. It measures an impressive seven inches.

How many concerts has KISS had?

KISS has had 2,856 concerts.

When is the next KISS concert?

The next KISS concert is on October 06, 2022 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA, US. The bands performing are: Muse / Slipknot / Evanescence / KISS / Bring Me The Horizon / Papa Roach / My Chemical Romance / Shinedown / A Day to Remember / Stone Temple Pilots / Bullet for My Valentine / Rob Zombie / Judas Priest / Theory of a Deadman / Falling In Reverse / Chevelle / Killswitch Engage / Action Bronson / The Pretty Reckless / Bad Religion / Lamb of God / Halestorm / Apocalyptica / Yungblud / Motionless In White / Underoath / Ghostemane / Thrice / Maggie Lindemann / Enter Shikari / Crown the Empire / Beartooth / Clutch / Alexisonfire / Meshuggah / Bayside / The Struts / Airbourne / Nothing More / Helmet / Ice Nine Kills / Thursday / Jelly Roll / Mothica / Against the Current / The Distillers / The Interrupters / Gwar / The Chats / New Years Day / City Morgue / FEVER 333 / Jinjer / Code Orange / Prong / Zeal & Ardor / Dead Sara / Spiritbox / Crossfaith / Trash Boat / Ho99o9 / poorstacy / Royal & the Serpent / Point North / Amigo the Devil / carolesdaughter / Dirty Honey / Dead Poet Society / Solence / Band-Maid / Warning / The Mysterines / Bloodywood / Jeris Johnson / Plush / Eva Under Fire / Vended / Nita Strauss / Jared James Nichols / Orbit Culture / Ego Kill Talent / Mike's Dead / A-live / Lilith Czar / Zakk Sabbath / Lilith / Crooked Teeth / If I Die First / Archetypes Collide / Classless Act / Superbloom / Nemophila / The Cherry Bombs / TAIPEI HOUSTON.

When was the last KISS concert?

The last KISS concert was on September 24, 2022 at Highland Festival Grounds At The Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The bands that performed were: "Louder Than Life Festival" / KISS / Rob Zombie / Alice Cooper / Chevelle / Ghostemane / Body Count / Dance Gavin Dance / Jerry Cantrell / Theory of a Deadman / Sevendust / Mammoth WVH / We Came As Romans / Ill Nino / The Cherry Bombs / Airbourne / Against the Current / Wargasm / Trash Boat / Bloodywood / Solence / Dropout Kings.

What songs does KISS play live?

The songs that KISS performs live vary, but here's the latest setlist that we have from the September 24, 2022 concert at Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky, United States:

  1. Rock and Roll
  2. Detroit Rock City
  3. Shout It Out Loud
  4. War Machine
  5. Heaven's on Fire
  6. I Love It Loud
  7. Cold Gin
  8. Guitar Solo
  9. Lick It Up
  10. Calling Dr. Love
  11. Psycho Circus
  12. Drum Solo
  13. 100,000 Years
  14. Bass Solo
  15. God of Thunder
  16. Love Gun
  17. I Was Made for Lovin' You
  18. Black Diamond
  19. Do You Love Me
  20. Rock and Roll All Nite