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March 9, 1985


Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Winnipeg Arena
Promoter: Nite Out Entertainment
Opther act(s): Dokken
Reported audience: ~7,000 / 12,361 (56.63%)

Set list(s):

Detroit Rock City
Cold Gin
Creatures of the Night
Fits like a Glove
Heaven's On Fire
Under the Gun
War Machine
Young And Wasted
I Love It Loud
I Still Love You
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Oh Susannah
Lick It Up
Rock and Roll All Nite


- By February 14 ticket sales for this show had reached 3,500. Other than the MTV broadcast Detroit show, the footage of "Detroit Rock City" from Winnipeg is the only other circulating video from the North American leg of the tour.
- From a local review: "KISS may have been an interesting alternative to serious mid-'70's hard rockers like Aerosmith and Grand Funk, but those days are gone forever. Though it may be pathetic to watch the prototypical makeup metal band fall by the stylistic wayside, that nevertheless happens to be the nature of the beast. KISS brought lovers of simple and straightforward guitar music a great deal of enjoyment, despite the fact the band's outrageous image became so stifling that two of the original members were unable to continue as working musicians. Meanwhile, KISS remains committed to reinventing ways of recapturing those halcyon days of greasepaint, seven-inch heels and audiences such as those that appeared on the group's groundbreaking Alive! album.

There was little denying the fact the 7,000 or so fans at the Arena last night were ready to relive those moments along with original Kissers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. If there was ever any doubt reminiscences would be the order of the evening, they were swiftly laid to rest by the band's bludgeoning, bottom-heavy version of that teenage driver's delight, 'Detroit Rock City.' If that wasn't reassuring enough, Stanley drove the point home with an introduction taken almost verbatim from the Alive! album to bring on what seemed to be many of the fans all-time favorite drinking song, 'Cold Gin.' With that taken care of, KISS carried on with a mix of material taken from its three most recent releases... All this together served as an effective overview of the band's 14-year career.

KISS fans seemed prepared to condone or overlook Simmons', Stanley's, or, to a lesser extent, newcomer Bruce Kulick's tremendous penchant for swaggering about the stage as if their faces deserved to be on the side of every kid's lunchbox. Unfortunately, the preening and gesturing seemed almost tolerable when compared with Stanley's egomaniacal guitar solo and small-minded antics with a Michael Jackson doll. Apparently, these are some of the ways in which KISS would have us believe it's still 'the hottest band in the world'" (Winnipeg Free Press, 3/10/85).
- An average AUD recording circulates from this show.

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